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Sunday Brunch: Apple-Gruyère French Toast

[Photograph: Robin Bellinger]

I don't love French toast, but as soon as I saw Melissa Clark's challah-based recipe for apple-gruyère French toast with red onion, I knew I had to try it. These are a few of my favorite things, indeed! She suggested it as a latke-alternative for Hanukkah, but it could just as easily be the centerpiece of any festive brunch.

Having never made super-thick French toast like this before, I ended up burning the bottom pretty badly during the covered cooking stage. It still tasted delicious, but if you are inexperienced and plan to make this for company you should probably do a test run first to see how the recipe works on your range and in your skillet. Even with one side burned, this basically tasted like a super-yummy grilled cheese. It's so rich that you'll want something acidic on the side; we had a simple cole slaw. If you want to gild the lily, Clark suggests topping with a fried egg

Melissa Clark's Apple-Gruyère French Toast with Red Onion

About the author: Robin Bellinger is a freelance editor and shameless cookie addict. She lives in San Francisco and blogs about what she feeds her husband and her daughter at home*economics.

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