Crisp on top and moist in the middle, this French toast studded with tender sweet apples will be a big hit with everyone. Drizzle it all over with warm Ontario maple syrup and enjoy for breakfast or brunch.
Spray 13-x 9-inch (3 L) glass baking dish with vegetable spray; spread half of the bread in dish.
In medium bowl, toss together apples, sugar and cinnamon; scatter half over bread. Top with remaining bread and apples. In same bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, maple syrup and vanilla; pour over bread mixture. Press down gently with spatula to coat in liquid. Let stand for 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate overnight. Let stand at room temperature while preheating oven.)
Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until golden brown and egg mixture is set. Drizzle with warm maple syrup, if you like.
Tips: For extra fiber, flavour and time-saving, leave the skin on the apples. Skip cutting the bread into cubes and let the kids tear the bread into pieces. Delicious with slices of Ontario Peameal Bacon.