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Vegan SugarBee® Apple Pie Inspired Stuffed French Toast

Created by: Ashley Hankins | @eat_figs_not_pigs

PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 55 MINUTES
SERVINGS: 3 large servings OR 6 single servings

Apple ‘Pie’ Stuffing:

  •     3 SugarBee® Apples, peeled, cored, and finely diced
  •     1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  •     1 tablespoon lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  •     ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •     ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

French Toast:

  •     1 ½ cups unflavored non-dairy milk
  •     1/3 cup chickpea flour
  •     3 tablespoons vegan-friendly granulated sugar
  •     2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  •     1 (15-ounce) day-old loaf of French bread, sliced into 2-inch-thick slices
  •     6 teaspoons vegan butter, divided

Toppings:

  •     Vegan-friendly powdered sugar
  •     Vegan caramel sauce
  •     Toasted walnuts

Instructions:

  1. To make the apple pie stuffing, place the apples and ¼ cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook, stirring often, until the apples have softened, but still have a bit of texture, 15-20 minutes. Add the sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Give it a good stir to combine, cover and simmer another 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the batter for the French toast. In a shallow bowl, combine the milk, flour, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract. Whisk thoroughly to rid of any clumps and set aside.
  3. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut down ¾ of the middle of each slice of bread to create a ‘pocket’. Make sure not to cut all the way through. Stuff each slice of bread with 2 to 3 scant tablespoons of the apple pie stuffing and gently close. Continue until each slice of bread is filled with the stuffing.
  4. Place 1 teaspoon of butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Dip the stuffed bread into the batter to coat evenly on both sides. Once the butter is melted, working in batches, place the battered bread into the skillet and cook until golden and crispy, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Repeat, adding another teaspoon of butter to the pan between flipping and batches, until all the bread is fried. Serve with a generous sprinkle of powdered sugar, vegan caramel, and toasted walnuts. Enjoy!

RECIPE NOTES:

  1.   You can prepare some of the components of this dish ahead of time for a leisurely morning breakfast or brunch. The apple pie stuffing can be prepared and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator up to 3 days in advance, and you can make the French toast batter a day ahead and store it covered in the refrigerator as well. When you’re ready, give the batter a good whisk and prepare the French toast according to the directions.
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