French Toast with Cinnamon Apples
and arugula salad
This breakfast classic, which we last featured in 2018, is a fun way to shake-up your dinner routine! Seasonally crisp apples are sauteed with butter, cinnamon, and a touch of sugar until caramelized and then spooned over hot French toast. With a light arugula salad on the side, this meal will bring smiles to everyone and fill your home with the warm spices of fall.
Smarts: Day old bread is perfect for French toast, since older bread will soak up more of the egg mixture.
- Apples - 2, peeled and chopped
- Brown sugar - 2 Tbsp
- Cinnamon - 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp
- Eggs - 4
- Milk - 2 Tbsp
- Butter - 1 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp
- Bread, sandwich - 8 slices
- Butter, syrup, or other French toast toppings if you’d like - for serving
- Vinegar, apple cider - 1 Tbsp
- Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
- Honey - 1 tsp
- Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
- Walnuts, halves - 2 oz
- Arugula - 6 oz
- Cranberries, dried - 1/4 cup
Make vinaigrette - Whisk together vinegar, mustard, and honey. Add oil while whisking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Toast walnuts - If you’d like the walnuts toasted, saute in a dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Apples - Peel and chop apples. Toss with brown sugar and first part of cinnamon.
Eggs - Whisk eggs with milk and second part of cinnamon.
Heat nonstick pan with first part of butter over medium-high heat. Add apples and any liquid that has gathered in the bowl and saute in butter until warmed through and starting to caramelize on the outside, 4 to 5 minutes. Set aside.
Heat griddle over medium heat (or, if the nonstick pan you used for the apples is large enough to hold the bread, you can wipe it out and return it to heat).
While pan heats, pour egg mixture into a shallow baking dish.
Grease griddle / pan with second part of butter. Working with one piece of bread at a time, coat it in egg mixture and place it on griddle. Cook bread until golden brown on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes per side.
Just before serving, toss together walnuts, arugula, and dried cranberries. Add vinaigrette until dressed to your liking.
Top French toast with apples and any other toppings you’d like. Serve with salad on the side. Enjoy!
My husband was really a fan of this, and I appreciated that I didn't need maple syrup (which I hate). It was easy and delicious, and the salad was nice and bright in comparison to the sweet french toast. We used romaine because I'm not fond of arugula, and arugula was very expensive this week anyway.0 Helpful
Great pairings and a little fancier than I would make for french toast normally so it felt like it was worth the recipe.0 Helpful
Arugula is not the kid’s favorite.0 Helpful