Slow-Cooker Caramel Apple French Toast

Put leftover French or challah bread to good use with this decadent French toast layered with apples, brown sugar, pecans and butter—lots of butter. Pass the syrup, whipped cream and berries, please!

  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 5 min
  • Servings 8

French Toast

10
cups cubed (3/4-inch) French or challah bread
8
eggs
2
cups (1 pint) half-and-half
1/2
cup milk
1/3
cup packed light brown sugar
1 1/2
teaspoons vanilla
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon

Apple-Pecan Filling

8
tablespoons butter, softened
3
apples, peeled and coarsely chopped (3/4-inch pieces)
1
cup packed light brown sugar
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1
cup coarsely chopped pecans

Topping

Powdered Sugar, Maple syrup or salted caramel topping, if desired

  • 1 Heat oven to 300°F. On large cookie sheet, spread bread cubes. Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until dry.
  • 2 Line sides of 4- to 5-quart slow cooker with foil that has been folded into thirds; spray with cooking spray.
  • 3 In large bowl, beat remaining French Toast ingredients. Fold in bread cubes to coat. Let stand 15 minutes, folding occasionally.
  • 4 In 8-inch skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add apples; cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir together remaining 6 tablespoons butter and remaining Apple-Pecan Filling ingredients until crumbly.
  • 5 Spoon half of bread mixture (about 4 cups) into slow cooker. Top with half of the apples. Sprinkle with half of the brown sugar mixture. Repeat layers.
  • 6 Cover; cook 2 1/2 to 3 hours on Low heat setting or until temperature reaches 160°F and center is set.
  • 7 Remove foil before serving by loosening edges with table knife. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with syrup.

Expert Tips

Wondering which apples are best? Top choices are slightly tart and include Granny Smith, Braeburn, Cortland, Northern Spy and Rome Beauty.

Slow cookers vary. An oval slow cooker works well for this recipe. Keep an eye on your French toast so it doesn't get overdone. The foil will help it from browning too quickly.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
680
(
Calories from Fat
310),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
35g
35%
(Saturated Fat
15g,
15%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
240mg
240%;
Sodium
430mg
430%;
Total Carbohydrate
76g
76%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
46g
46%
),
Protein
15g
15%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 1/2 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
5
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.