· By Julia Boase
The Ultimate Sleep Over Breakfast
It's school holidays once again which in my house means there's most likely to be a sleepover happening at some point. So long as we're not rushing off to morning sport then I'll most likely make the occasion bit more special and whip up a batch of pancakes or french toast for everybody. But here's the thing - when there's a crowd to feed it takes a LONG time to make enough pancakes to feed everyone. That's why I came up with this sleepover breakfast which is kind of a cross between french toast, pancakes and a bread and butter pudding. It's a great recipe just for a lazy Sunday breakfast with the family as well. I also love that all of the hard work is done the night before which means you can sit back and enjoy a coffee or two as breakfast basically cooks itself.
The Ultimate Sleepover Breakfast - Feed about 8 hungry kids
350g of stale crusty bread (I've usually used a ciabatta or a sourdough loaf)
1.5 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp of cinnamon
6 eggs, beaten
For the caramelised apples:
3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and diced into 1cm square pieces
2 Tbs brown sugar
Start by peeling and chopping your apples. Melt butter in a medium hot frying pan. Add chopped apple and brown sugar and stir. Turn pan down to low and cook apples until slightly soft but not soggy (you want them to retain their shape). Approx. 5 mins. Remove from heat.
In a large bowl measure out 350g of torn or roughly chopped stale bread. Stir through buttermilk, eggs, maple syrup, cooked apples and cinnamon. Tip into a greased ceramic baking dish ( we used a 32 x 24 cm, 3L capacity dish).
Cover with alfoil and refrigerate overnight.
The next morning heat oven to 180 degrees C. Place baking dish uncovered in oven and cook for between 30 - 40mins until golden brown. Watch carefully for the last 10mins as this recipe easily browns - you may need to replace the alfoil to stop it burning for the last 10 mins of cooking time.
Serve with your choice of berries, maple syrup and whipped cream.