Apples and honey french toast, two ways

 Apples and honey french toast | Me & the Moose. Stuffed or plain, this french toast combines fall flavors of apples and honey for a delicious breakfast or dinner. #meandthemoose #fall #frenchtoast #roshhashanah #apples #honey #breakfast

This post is a study in life with children. The once-round challah is squished from trying to coax M up the stairs and no matter how I tried, I couldn't keep his hands out of the honey. And he took a bite out of my prop apple. AND this was also supposed to be a Rosh Hashanah post, but here we are waving goodbye to Yom Kippur and I'm just now getting around to it. KIDS, AMIRIGHT?  

 Apples and honey french toast | Me & the Moose. Stuffed or plain, this french toast combines fall flavors of apples and honey for a delicious breakfast or dinner. #meandthemoose #fall #frenchtoast #roshhashanah #apples #honey #breakfast

Anyway, tis the season for leftover challah, so hopefully this breakfast-for-dinner (or breakfast-for-breakfast) treat comes in handy. Since this one contains a lot of honey, remember not to feed it to those under age 1.

 Apples and honey french toast | Me & the Moose. Stuffed or plain, this french toast combines fall flavors of apples and honey for a delicious breakfast or dinner. #meandthemoose #fall #frenchtoast #roshhashanah #apples #honey #breakfast

French toast with apples and honey butter

My go-to recipe for basic French Toast
Leftover challah (Cut into 4 thick slices)
1 Tbsp butter
3 eggs
½ cup milk
½ tsp cinnamon (heaping)
pinch nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Honey butter (Adapted from here)
¼ cup butter, softened
3 Tbsp honey
pinch sea salt

2-3 apples, peeled (optional) and chopped

 Apples and honey french toast | Me & the Moose. Stuffed or plain, this french toast combines fall flavors of apples and honey for a delicious breakfast or dinner. #meandthemoose #fall #frenchtoast #roshhashanah #apples #honey #breakfast

First, peel and chop the apples. In a microwave safe container, cook on high, uncovered, for 1 minute. Check and continue cooking on high for 30 seconds at a time until apples are soft, but have a little bite and shape left.

Next, make the honey butter: Firstly, if you're like me and always forget to take out whatever needs softening/defrosting, here is a really good tip for quickly softening butter. Seriously, this method has changed my life. Thanks, Buzzfeed Food! Smoosh the softened butter around with a spatula. Add the honey and a pinch of sea salt and stir to combine. Set aside.

In a frying pan, melt 1 Tbsp of butter. In a separate container, whisk the eggs. Add the milk, spices, and vanilla and whisk to combine. Dunk both sides of the bread slices in the egg mixture (as many as will fit into your frying pan) and leave for a few seconds to let the bread soak in the liquid. When your pan is hot, cook the bread slices until golden brown. Flip and repeat until golden brown on both sides. Repeat with all of the bread. The liquid should be enough for 4 large slices of french toast.

Serve with a spread of honey butter, some apples, and a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of sea salt on top.

 Apples and honey french toast | Me & the Moose. Stuffed or plain, this french toast combines fall flavors of apples and honey for a delicious breakfast or dinner. #meandthemoose #fall #frenchtoast #roshhashanah #apples #honey #breakfast

Apples and honey stuffed french toast

Adapted from this stuffed french toast recipe
Leftover challah (Cut into 4 thick slices)
1 Tbsp butter
3 eggs
½ cup milk
½ tsp cinnamon (heaping)
pinch nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Stuffing
3 oz cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
2 tsp honey
1 apple, chopped into small pieces
Pinch of sea salt

To make the stuffing, combine the softened cream cheese, apple sauce, honey, and salt. Put the cream cheese mixture into a plastic bag and put in the fridge until needed.

Starting at the top crust, make a cut down the middle of each thick bread piece but stop an inch from each side and the bottom to create a pocket in each slice. Cut enough so that you can get some filling into the pocket, but leave enough room around the edges that the bread won't break and spill the filling.

In a frying pan, melt 1 Tbsp of butter on low heat. In a separate container, whisk together the eggs, milk, spices, and vanilla. Take out your bag of cream cheese mixture and cut one bottom corner to make a piping bag. Open each slice of bread and fill with about 2-3 Tbsp of cream cheese mixture. Squish the bread and filling together a bit. Working with one slice at a time, dunk both sides in the egg mixture and let the bread soak in the liquid. When the pan is hot, cook the bread slices until golden brown. Flip and repeat until golden brown on both sides. Repeat with all of the bread. The liquid should be enough for 3-4 large slices of french toast (the slices here are larger than those in the other batch of french toast, but I let them soak less because of the filling, so I was able to eek out a fourth slice, but barely).

Serve immediately with a drizzle of honey on top.