The Mainstay Inn is a bed and breakfast in Cape May, New Jersey. I've never stayed there, but years ago, the local newspaper had a feature on the best recipes from local B-and-Bs, and this was one of them. I've made it several times and it has always turned out perfectly.
Mainstay French Toast
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 Tablespoons corn syrup
2 tart apples, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 loaf French bread
Cook sugar, butter, and syrup until well mixed and syrupy.
Pour into a 9 x 13 baking dish, and spread apple slices over mixture.
Slice bread into 3/4 inch slices and place on top of apples.
Whisk together remaining ingredients and pour over bread.
Cover and refrigerate overnight. When ready, heat oven to 350 degrees, and bake uncovered for 40 minutes. Serve with spicy apple syrup if desired.
Spicy Apple Syrup
1 cup applesauce
1 (10-oz.) jar apple jelly
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Combine ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until jelly melts and syrup is hot.
*Even though I have made this numerous times, I have never made the apple syrup, so I can't say how good it is. We just always serve it with maple syrup.
*I have also on occasion added raisins, dried cranberries, or dried sour cherries to this along with the apples.
*This recipe as well as others I've shared here will always be available at the Recipes tab of the blog.
Let me know if you try this, and if so, what you think!