Cooking during the pandemic: healthier, easy-breezy, luscious French Toast Casserole with Apples and Raisins
Monday at 12:49 pm
I’m not sure what it is about staying locked in my house, but, somehow, I find myself thinking about food a lot now (I mean no disrespect to the countless people who actually can’t afford to put food on the table).
Not that I make gourmet meals night and day. But I get definite cravings and then go to town or, at least to the kitchen because, really, where am I going to go?
Last night, I was jonesing for French toast. In the morning, I made French Toast Casserole with Apples and Raisins instead.
It’s hard to believe, but this French Toast Casserole is not only healthier than regular French toast, it’s easier to make and more delicious than you can imagine.
It’s healthier because it starts with healthier ingredients– whole wheat bread, apples with the fiber-rich skin left on, and antioxidant and omega-3-loaded walnuts.
If you want the dish to be slightly more decadent, add the butter, which, eaten in moderation, is surprisingly good for you–containing important nutrients. Either way, the result will be a luscious treat.
In fact, think of it as an easier–yet elevated–version of French toast.
But how could regular French toast be any easier to make, you ask? Because you don’t have to stand at the stove waiting to flip each slice over at just the right moment. You just pour the ingredients into a casserole dish, bake and go do whatever you want.
You can even put it all together the night before and pop it in the oven the next morning, making it perfect for serving on Christmas morning or just an ordinary one.
Healthier French Toast Casserole with Apples & Raisins
4 slices whole wheat bread, broken up into small pieces
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1 medium apple, diced into 1/2-inch pieces with skin left on
1/4 cup of raisins
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
optional: 2 tablespoons of butter, cut into 4 individual pats
In medium bowl, beat three eggs with milk and vanilla. Add bread pieces, apples, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix together until well combined and the bread is soaked with the milk.
Pour into 8-inch square pan that’s been coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle top of casserole with walnut pieces. Optional: place four pats of butter on mixture; spread each pat out equal distance from each other. Press butter down slightly into the mixture.
Place in refrigerator covered with foil for 20 minutes or as long as overnight.
Preheat oven to 375. Place pan in oven with foil still over top for 40 minutes. Cook another 20 minutes or until top is firm in the center. Cut into squares and use spatula to remove. Serve while still warm. Serves 2-3. Serve by itself or with butter, maple syrup and/or jam.
Note: To serve 4-6, double recipe ingredients and place in 9″ x 12″ pan.
Welcome to ChicagoNow.
Meet The Blogger
Judy Marcus is a freelance writer whose work appears in a variety of publications. She’s also a food lover. For news, recipes and commentary about food, check out her blog, Sugar Buzz Chicago. For news and opinions on almost anything else, visit Opinionated Woman.
Subscribe by Email
Completely spam free, opt out any time.
Latest on ChicagoNow
Remembering Bill Barrfrom The Barbershop: Dennis Byrne, Proprietor by Dennis Byrne
posted Monday at 8:56 pm
Movie Review: Mankfrom Hammervision by John Hammerle
posted Monday at 6:29 pm
The COVID-19 vaccine is Donald Trump’s moonshotfrom The Barbershop: Dennis Byrne, Proprietor by Dennis Byrne
posted Monday at 3:53 pm
Cooking during the pandemic: healthier, easy-breezy, luscious French Toast Casserole with Apples and Raisinsfrom Opinionated Woman by Judy Marcus
posted Monday at 12:49 pm
The death of clean American electionsfrom The Barbershop: Dennis Byrne, Proprietor by Dennis Byrne
posted Monday at 12:16 pm
Posts from related blogs
Retired in Chicago
Most recent post: Are you behaving weirdly during isolation?
Getting More From Les
Most recent post: I Loved Reading Le Carre–And I Will Miss Him
Most recent post: Ten minutes of Chuckles and Stress Relief/Quotes from Crackpots and Geniuses/ Politicians and Sports hero’s/
More from Lifestyle: Opinion
Read these ChicagoNow blogs
Cubs DenChicago Cubs news and comprehensive blog, featuring old school baseball writing combined with the latest statistical trends
Pets in need of homesPets available for adoption in the Chicago area
The Barbershop: Dennis Byrne, ProprietorChicago writer, editor and author blogs about today’s political and public policy issues.
Read these ChicagoNow Bloggers
Candace Jordanfrom Candid Candace:
Chris O’Brienfrom Medium Rare:
- About ChicagoNow
- Recent posts RSS
- Comment policy
- Terms of service
- Chicago Tribune Archives
- Chicago Internet Marketing Services
- Do not sell my personal info
©2020 CTMG – A Chicago Tribune website –
Crafted by the News Apps team
Leave a comment