Spiced French Toast with Maple Syrup Apples

This recipe comes from our egg friends in Canada, where maple syrup is king – it is the perfect combination when Virginia apples are at their peak, making this ‘feel good’ recipe perfect for Saturday and Sunday mornings!

6 eggs
1½ cups milk
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Spice mix (see below)*
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
10 slices (3/4” thick) French loaf or egg bread

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla. Whisk in the spice mix
until well blended.

Heat some of the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat; brush pan to spread evenly.

Dip bread, a few slices at a time, in the egg mixture; place in skillet.

Cook about 2 minutes; flip and cook until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes*.

Remove to a large plate cover with foil to keep warm; cook remaining slices, adding a bit of oil to skillet as necessary.

Serve with warm Maple Syrup Apples (see recipe below).

Makes 4 or 5 servings

*Be certain to cook long enough for all egg batter to be thoroughly cooked. Longer cooking at a lower temperature will ensure that.

Maple Syrup Apples

4 cups peeled, sliced apples
1 tablespoon butter
½ cup maple syrup

Melt butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat; add apples; reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook 3 minutes. Stir in maple syrup. Cook apples, stirring occasionally, until tender - about 2 minutes.

*Spice Mix
1½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground cardamom
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. ground cloves