As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program we were challenged to create a spring brunch dish using King’s Hawaiian breads. We jumped at the chance. King’s Hawaiian rolls are a staple in our house. It’s great toasted with a smear of nutella for a quick snack or served along two eggs over easy for a satisfying breakfast. King’s Hawaiian bread is slightly sweet, incredibly soft and is a great canvas for so many dishes. We decided to go with a baked French Toast dish that would be perfect for spring. It’s a great dish to entertain with since you can make it the night before and baked it before your guest arrive. I am a big fan of make ahead meals! What makes this French toast special is the addition of maple bacon and Fuji apples. The bacon adds a layer of sweet maple flavor and saltiness to this dish. The apples helps cut the richness and is a wonderful compliment to the savory bacon. We top the baked French toast off with more crumbled bacon and a drizzle of maple glaze. This will be a sure hit at the next brunch or baby/bridal shower!
Maple Bacon & Apple Baked French Toast
Prep: 35 mins Inactive Prep: 8 hours Bake time: 60 mins Serves: 12
21 King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
10 slices of maple bacon (~12 oz)
1 large Fuji apple, peeled, cored, quartered and sliced
1 Tbs maple syrup
8 large eggs
2 C whole milk
½ C heavy cream
3 Tbs sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
8 slices of maple bacon (~9 oz), cooked and crumbled
½ C powdered sugar
2 Tbs + 1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp milk
Quarter the rolls and place in a single layer on a baking sheet to dry out while you prepare the rest of the recipe steps.
Preheat oven to 325º F. Line a baking sheet with foil and place bacon in a single layer and bake for 35 mins. Remove from oven when done and place bacon on a paper towel to drain fat. Crumble bacon or use a knife to chop the bacon. Set aside.
Place sliced apples in a bowl and add maple syrup and stir to combine, set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cream, sugar, cinnamon and salt until combined.
Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish with butter and place half of the bread in a single layer in the bottom of the dish. Cover bread with ½ of the egg mixture. Place remaining bread into the egg mixture and stir to coat.
Place sliced apples on top of the bread in a single layer and sprinkle the bacon on top.
Gently place the remaining bread on top of the apple and bacon layer. Pour remaining egg mixture to the baking dish. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
The next day: preheat oven to 350º F. Place dish on middle rack and bake for 60 minutes or until golden brown and puffy. If the French toast is browning too quickly, tent the baking dish with foil.
In the meantime, you can cook the bacon for the topping on the stove top or bake until crispy.
In a small bowl, whisk powdered sugar, maple syrup and milk.
Sprinkle bacon on top of baked French toast and drizzle with maple glaze. Serve with additional maple glaze or syrup if you like.