Notes:Challah bread or regular white bread can also be used. If using Challah, since the slices will be larger, make a total of 4 1-inch slices, and serve one piece per person. Don't coat the pieces of French toast with the topping in advance or it will get soggy.
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- 8 tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter, divided
- 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, sliced into 1/8-thick slices
- 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1/4 plus 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch® cereal, lightly crushed, divided
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds, crushed
- 4 ounces mascarpone cheese (or cream cheese), softened
- 1 French baguette (not too dense), (see note)
Heat 3 tablespoons butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. When the foaming subsides, add apples and cook, stirring occasionally, until apples have softened and are beginning to caramelize, 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon over apples. Cook until apples are golden, about 2 minutes more. Transfer apples to bowl and let cool.
Whisk milk, cream, eggs, brown sugar, salt, and vanilla in shallow bowl until combined. Toss 2 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch® cereal and almonds in pie plate to combine. Stir mascarpone with remaining 4 teaspoons granulated sugar until smooth.
Cut 1 inch slices of French bread on the bias. Carefully slice a deep pocket into each piece. Spread cream cheese mixture into each pocket, then fill with cooked apples.
Heat 1 tablespoon butter in large clean nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Dip each filled French toast into egg-milk mixture (soaking well) and then coat well with Cinnamon Toast Crunch® cereal mixture, pressing to adhere. Place 4 pieces in pan and cook until cooked through and golden brown on both sides, pressing gently with spatula and adding extra butter as needed, about 3 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining pieces of bread. Serve with powdered sugar and remaining Cinnamon Toast Crunch® cereal sprinkled over the top.
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