Overnight Cinnamon French Toast {With Apple Cider Syrup}

overnite french toast display 2Something about breakfast foods make me go Mmmm. On Saturdays we try to sleep in a little {which doesn’t always happen with a little one}, and then I usually make something special for breakfast. This past week-end I decided to make an overnight version of french toast. Since it is apple season, I decided to try something new and make some apple cider syrup to go with it. The combination of the french toast and syrup was tasty and my family loved it! I know it sounds fancy, but it is so simple to make. You do a lot of the preparation the night before, so things come together quickly in the morning!

For the Cinnamon French Toast…

overnite french toast sugarStart by combining 1/2 cup melted butter with 1 cup of brown sugar. Evenly pour this mixture into a greased 9×13 pan.

overnite french toast bread layerNext add one layer of Texas Toast {6 slices of bread}.

overnite french toast with eggIn a bowl whisk together 5 eggs, 3/4 cup milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Pour half of this mixture over the top of the first layer of bread. Then repeat by adding another layer of bread and pouring the rest of the egg mixture over top. Cover it with foil and refrigerate it overnight.

bakedIn the morning, take it out of the fridge and turn on your over to 350 degrees. Bake the french toast {covered} for 30 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake it for an additional 15-20 minutes. Remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Then dust it with powdered sugar.

Onto the Apple Cider Syrup…

overnite french toast syrup ingIn a medium size saucepan, combine 3/4 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. Add 2 cups of apple cider and 2 cinnamon sticks. Stir and cook over medium heat until the mixture starts to boil. 

overnite french toast syrup cookedCook until the syrup starts to thicken and resembles an amber color. Remove it from the heat and discard the cinnamon sticks. Or you can leave them in for flavor like I did. Add 3 tablespoons of butter and stir until well combined.

overnite french toast syrup servedNow it’s ready to pour over that yummy french toast!

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Overnight Cinnamon French Toast with Apple Cider Syrup

Servings: 6 

 French Toast Ingredients:

1 cup dark brown sugar

½ cup butter, melted

12 slices Texas Toast

5 large eggs

¾ cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon cinnamon

powdered sugar for sprinkling

Directions:

Coat a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray. In a bowl, mix together the brown sugar and melted butter. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan so that it evenly coats the bottom the pan. Place a single layer of 6 slices of Texas Toast on top of the sugar mixture. Beat the eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon together in a medium size bowl. Pour half of this egg mixture over the bread. Repeat with another layer of the remaining 6 slices of Texas Toast. Pour the rest of the egg mixture over top. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.   In the morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the French toast for 30 minutes with the foil on; then remove the foil and bake it for an additional 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before dusting it with powdered sugar.

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Apple Cider Syrup Ingredients:

2 cups Apple Cider

¾ cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

1-2 cinnamon sticks

3 tablespoons butter

Directions:

In a medium size saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the apple cider and cinnamon sticks. Stir and cook over medium heat until the mixture starts to boil. Continue to cook until the syrup starts to thicken and resembles an amber color. Remove from the heat and add 3 tablespoons of butter; Stir until well combined. Pour the syrup into a serving dish, remove the cinnamon sticks and enjoy with the French Toast!

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Many Blessings,

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{DIY} Autumn Scented Play Dough

autumn play dough blogMy preschool teaching days introduced me to the world of homemade play dough and I’m glad they did. It’s inexpensive, easy to make and lasts longer than the store bought stuff when made right. Like many kids, my 2-year old is a fan of the soft-squishy-colorful dough. So with the beginning of fall just underway, I thought it would be fun to make a batch of some autumn scented play dough. Kool-Aid play dough is my go-to homemade play dough recipe, but I used a slightly different recipe this time since I wanted to create specific fall-like scents.

The result…

2 flavors

Apple-Cinnamon Play Dough and Pumpkin-Spice Play Dough {don’t they sound festive?!}

kitchen aide

I recently saw a play dough recipe where someone used their Kitchen Aid to mix the dough. I fully embrace any opportunity to use my Kitchen Aid, so I tried it and it worked great. No need to worry though…if you don’t have one, a sturdy wooden spoon and a little stirring will do the trick.

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Homemade Play Dough

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups flour

½ cup salt

1 tablespoon cream of tarter

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

¾ cup water

Directions: Place the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large mixing bowl; Use a Kitchen Aid or something comparable if you have one. Heat the water in the microwave until it starts to boil; about 1 ½ – 2 minutes. Add the water and vegetable oil to the dry mixture. Turn on the mixer to a low speed and let it mix until well combined. If you don’t have a mixer, you can stir everything by hand with a wooden spoon. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour until reaching a dough-like consistency. Take it out of the bowl and knead it on a clean countertop for a minute so that it’s nice and soft. Store the play dough in an airtight container when it’s not being used. It will keep for several months and you can increase the shelf- life by storing it in the fridge.

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Apple-Cinnamon Play Dough: Add several drops of red food coloring and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon to the mixture while it’s mixing.

Pumpkin-Spice Play Dough: Add several drops of orange food coloring and 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice to the mixture while it’s mixing. If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice you can make your own. Just combine equal parts of cinnamon, allspice, ginger, ground cloves and nutmeg.

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Your kids will love this stuff and it will make your home smell just like Fall!!

hannah

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