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Comfort Food: Holiday Morning French Toast Recipe

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 by Lisa Ricard Claro   15 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

Comfort food! I think we’ll all agree that the last week has been more stressful than most. One remedy to combat the emotional drain is comfort food. Yeah, yeah. I know we aren’t supposed to eat our cares away. But let’s face it, buttercup—once in a while a body just needs a little extra boost of the tummy-yummies.

With the holidays just up ahead, I thought I’d share one of my family’s favorite recipes. It qualifies as a carb overload, but serve it with bacon, sausage, and eggs, and you have a holiday morning feast that will please everyone around your table.

I prepare it on Christmas Eve and just pop it in the oven Christmas morning.  It’s been a fan favorite at my house forever. I love it because of the easy pre-day prep, the fact that it makes feeding the fam a breeze, and it fills the house with the scent of OMG-Wonderful. Click on the link to Holiday Morning French Toast (source – McCormick Cookbook) or copy from below:


1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
3 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1 loaf of Italian or French bread, cut into 1-inch slices
6 large eggs
1-1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Combine brown sugar, butter, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Add apples and cranberries; toss to coat well. Spread apple mixture evenly over bottom of baking dish. Arrange slices of bread on top. (I mix all of this in a bowl before putting in the baking dish to make mixing easier and avoid a mess.)
  2. Mix eggs, milk, vanilla, and remaining 2 teaspoons of cinnamon until well blended. Pour mixture over bread, soaking bread completely. Cover and refrigerate 4 to 24 hours.
  3. Bake, covered with aluminum foil, in a preheated 375 F. oven for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes. Serve warm. For an eye-catching presentation, loosen edges with a knife and invert onto a large serving platter. (I spray non-stick cooking spray in the dish before adding the stuff to it, and it always flips out perfectly. It’s like an upside-down apple raisin cake, but French toast style. So good!)


What is your favorite comfort food? Favorite holiday meal? Please leave a comment and share your recipe!

Thanks for hanging out with me.
🙂  Lisa

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15 Responses to "Comfort Food: Holiday Morning French Toast Recipe"

  1. Comment by Pat
    November 16, 2016 at 8:11 am  

    Your recipe sounds delish, Lisa! Thanks for sharing it.

    Love, love, love comfort foods. Real mashed potatoes dripping with butter, cream of anything soup, enormous cinnamon rolls hot from the oven…well, you get the picture. It’s pretty much the opposite of healthy foods.


    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 16, 2016 at 2:41 pm  

      Yum. I’m right there with you. I think I gained weight just reading your comment. lol

  2. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    November 16, 2016 at 9:47 am  

    What Pat said. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 16, 2016 at 2:40 pm  


  3. Comment by Rob
    November 16, 2016 at 10:08 am  

    The only thing I’d add is a hot buttered rum with a side of nitroglycerin.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 16, 2016 at 2:40 pm  

      Haha…hoping we don’t need that last side dish. You either.

  4. Comment by Donna Volkenannt
    November 16, 2016 at 11:26 am  

    Your recipe sounds yummy. Thanks for posting it. My mom’s baked macaroni and cheese is a favorite comfort food. Alas, I usually just open a box and prepare it that way.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 16, 2016 at 2:39 pm  

      Mmm…it’s hard to beat homemade mac & cheese. The creamier the better!

  5. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    November 16, 2016 at 11:40 am  

    Your recipe sounds wonderful. My favorite holiday comfort food is pumpkin pie.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 16, 2016 at 2:38 pm  

      Apple is my favorite pie, but my girls always ask for pumpkin, so that usually wins out. 🙂

  6. Comment by Claudia
    November 16, 2016 at 5:05 pm  

    My internet ate my comment!!! Recipe looks good but too much sugar for me right now. Been having too much comfort food for many reasons!!!

  7. Comment by Alana
    November 16, 2016 at 5:51 pm  

    Alas, the recipe will have to be tweaked for my Weight Watchers but I think it can be done. Would be so nice to have this waiting for me on a holiday morning.

  8. Comment by Sioux
    November 17, 2016 at 10:29 pm  

    I’m with Pat and Cathy. Mashed potatoes.

    I make a great cranberry sauce. Cook the cranberries according to the directions (but I add a little extra sugar). Then when they’re finished cooking, I add lime juice and cinnamon.


  9. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    November 18, 2016 at 10:31 am  

    OMG-Wonderful indeed! Thanks for the yummy recipe, Lisa. I will have to try it out. My comfort food is French fries. I know, I know, but sometimes I just crave the salt. Happy weekend to you.

  10. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    November 18, 2016 at 3:11 pm  

    Oh am I glad I stopped to read in detail. i was going to skim the recipe thinking it was the scrambled eggs recipe. The minute I saw cinnamon, I had to pause and salivate at your recipe. yes, I will be making this. Thank you.

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