1 (16 oz) loaf french bread
3 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar, divided
5 granny smith apples, peeled & sliced
2 tbsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup dried cranberries/craisins (optional)*
1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Cut the french bread into 1 1/2" slices. Arrange the bread into a lightly-greased 9x13" deep baking dish.
2. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl until well blended. Mix in milk, 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla.
3. Pour half the egg mixture over the bread. Arrange the apple slices over the bread and sprinkle 1/2 cup craisins. Pour the remaining egg mixture over the apples and craisins. Mix the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. Sprinkle over the top.
4. Dot the top with the butter. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the apples are tender. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with maple syrup.
*The dried cranberries were not part of the original recipe, but I thought it would be a tasty addition. Also...maybe sprinkle some brown sugar over the top as well??