Holiday Morning French Toast With Buttermilk Syrup

This recipe was passed on to me by a wonderful cook in my husband's extended family.
Make it the night before and pop it in the oven when you get up in the morning.
The buttermilk syrup is wonderful and a nice option to the usual pancake syrup.

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (1st amount)
  • 3 tart apples, cored and thinly sliced (it's fine to leave the apples unpeeled)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 loaf French Bread cut into 1 inch thick slices
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1 /2 teaspoons cinnamon (2nd amount)
  1. Combine brown sugar, melted butter and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and spread evenly over the bottom of a 9"x 13" baking dish.
  2. Distribute sliced apples and cranberries over the sugar and butter.
  3. Arrange slices of bread over the fruit.
  4. Beat eggs together with milk, vanilla and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon until well blended.
  5. Pour egg mixture evenly over bread, being sure all bread is soaked.
  6. Cover and refrigerate 4 to 24 hours.
  7. Cover with foil and bake at 375ยบ for about 40 minutes.
  8. Uncover and bake an additional 5-7 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  10. Serve with Buttermilk Syrup. ( recipe follows)
Buttermilk Syrup:
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons white corn syrup (the clear kind)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  1. Place all ingredients except vanilla in a large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil over low heat and boil for about 7 minutes. Be careful as this syrup will boil over quickly and make a real mess.
  3. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
This syrup is delicious over any pancakes, waffles or French toast.


  1. Wow, this will be our Christmas morning breakfast for sure!! Thanks for the recipe! Uhm one question though, what if I can't find the white corn syrup here in my little village, any ideas for substitutes?

  2. Thank you for giving me the pleasure of reading your blog. Merry Christmas and may you have a blessed New Year.
    Martha from Kansas

  3. Merry Christmas to the Mennonite Girls Can Cook ladies, you make my everyday emails soooo enjoyable. May God richly Bless you this Christmas and the coming year :)

  4. I was so busy getting ready for tonight I did not take the time to come and peek in today. Now I am so glad I did. This looks AMAZING!

  5. Now this is a recipe you want to do only once a year! That is a lot of sugar! Must be Delicious!