Sausage Apple French Toast Bake

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French toast is a favorite at the Bakehouse.  My kids ask for it often and devour it while asking for seconds every time it’s served.  What I like about french toast, is it’s versatility. You can add different spices, flavored syrups and berries or you can create a breakfast baked casserole that can be prepared ahead of time.  This time saver makes it a winner when choosing a dish to serve to overnight guests.  This recipe uses Hillshire Brands Jimmy Dean maple sausage roll.  The sweet and savory mix will have your kitchen smelling so captivating, the family will come rushing in to see what’s on the menu.  It’s the most delicious, down home cooking kind of scent that makes your belly roar.

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The added protein to this fabulous french toast bake makes it extra filling and flavorful. It’s easy to add protein to your recipes with products from Hillshire Brands.  You can find sausage rolls, links, crumbles and patties at your fingertips.  Just head to the refrigerated breakfast section of your local Safeway or grocery store. 

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Sweet and spicy is always a hit with me and this recipe is no exception. The apple slices add a Fall flare and additional flavor between each texas toast slice.  Texas toast is a loaf of very thick sliced white bread.  It’s absolutely a must for making the best french toast you have ever tasted. If you can’t find it use any good quality white bread. 

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Add the cooked Jimmy Dean Maple Sausage to the top of your apple and bread slices. Then pour the egg mixture carefully over the top covering each section entirely. The egg mixture will soak into the bread and work its way down to the bottom of the casserole dish. Each slice of texas toast will puff it up slightly and to make it extra moist and delicious when baking.  It will taste similar to bread pudding.  Soft and gooey, flavorful and heavenly.  Now this is a breakfast worth waking up to every morning.  I am in love! 

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I used a 1.5 quart Oval Casserole dish to make my sausage apple french bread bake, but you can use any casserole dish you own.  Just make sure it holds at least 1.5 quarts.

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The soft, eggy bread is joined by soft baked apples, spicy sweet sausage crumbles and then topped with pure maple syrup for extra flavor.  

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Sausage Apple French Toast Bake

sausage apple french toast bake
Serves 8
soft and eggy texas toast baked with apples and spicy, sweet jimmy dean maple sausage. A great crowd pleaser and make ahead breakfast hit!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 16.0z roll Jimmy Dean maple sausage, cooked and crumbled
  2. 6 slices thick Texas Toast or 12 slices regular white bread, cut in half
  3. 2 granny smith apples, sliced
  4. 5 eggs
  5. 2 cups milk
  6. 1/2 cup apple cider
  7. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Instructions
  1. In a medium skillet, brown maple sausage roll until no longer pink and in fine crumbles. Drain and set aside.
  2. Butter the bottom and sides of a 1.5 quart casserole dish. Slice each piece of bread in half and cut apples into thin slices. Starting with the bread, alternate bread and apple sliced overlapping each.
  3. In a large bowl lightly beat with a wire whisk the eggs, milk, apple cider cinnamon and nutmeg until well combined. Pour carefully on top of bread and apple slices. Be sure to soak each slice completely and evenly. Spread sausage crumbles over top and into crevices as necessary to fill gaps and to not overflow on top.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake uncovered for 45-50 minutes until puffed, golden and bubbly. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Notes
  1. This recipe can be prepared ahead of time. Follow steps to assemble and cover with foil overnight and refrigerator. Bake uncovered the next morning as stated in directions.
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Berrylicious Mimosa

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If you are a Miranda Lambert fan, you will love the new platinum rewards program sponsored by CRYSTAL LIGHT to earn fan merchandise and exclusive song downloads.  This can be addictive…and so is CRYSTAL LIGHT.  Luckily for you, I created an enticing Berrylicious Mimosa that will have you running to Walmart to purchase your Raspberry CRYSTAL LIGHT in a canister right away.  Here is the inside scoop on how to take part in this berrylicious deal! 

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Here’s how it works! Using the CRYSTAL LIGHT platinum points program is easy!  All you have to do is purchase participating CRYSTAL LIGHT products at Walmart, snap a photo of the receipt with your smartphone and go HERE to login.  Then you can choose from a variety of Miranda Lambert rewards!  If you enter the promo code mirandaic you’ll get 30 FREE points right off the bat.  You can also earn FREE points by referring friends.  This is too good to be true and is so easy to do.   

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While you are shopping at walmart, grab a bottle of champagne some blackberries and mint and make this fabulous mimosa to enjoy later.  Of course this is only for adults but kids can enjoy the great taste of Crystal Light as is.  Either way, get to sipping on a fabulous drink while you earn points, listen to great music and pick out cool Miranda Lambert gear.  I’m hooked! 

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This cocktail is fun, light and extra bubbly.  It’s not too sweet and the addition of the mint adds a refreshing flavor to an already refreshing drink.  Add raspberries instead of blackberries if you prefer.  It will be just as yummy!

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Berrylicious Mimosa

Berrylicious Mimosa
Serves 6
This recipe will make about 6 glasses. I made my drink individually because I like my champagne bubbly and fresh rather than sitting in a pitcher. This is a great mimosa with amazing berry flavor that can be enjoyed all year round.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bottle dry champagne ( I used Andre), chilled
  2. 1 canister CRYSTAL LIGHT Raspberry Lemonade
  3. sprig of fresh mint
  4. fresh blackberries or raspberries
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher make one batch ( 2 quarts) of Raspberry lemonade using one pouch of CRYSTAL LIGHT raspberry lemonade from canister. Chill or add ice.
  2. In a tall glass pour 1 cup of prepared Raspberry lemonade and 1/2 cup of champagne. Stir gently. Add 2-3 berries and a sprig of mint. Enjoy your mimosa chilled. Add more champagne to taste.
Notes
  1. you can use any flavor lemonade and berry combination you like. Make it your own and enjoy!
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Halloween Sugar Cookie Cake

If you are looking for an easy treat for the kiddos this Halloween, this is it!   With a few store-bought items it’s easier than ever to whip up a scrumptious sugar cookie cake to decorate for Halloween.  If you have a favorite sugar cookie recipe, you can swap it out for the store-bought cookie mix that I used. But if you are short on time (as most of us are) Betty Crocker makes a delicious sugar cookie mix that’s chewy and delicious.  All you need from your own kitchen are eggs and butter.  It’s truly a simple dessert that is versatile (use any flavor cookie mix you like) and with ready-made canned frosting, sprinkles, candy corn and cookie decorating icing that comes in a pouch, decorating your sugar cookie cake is a cinch.  I went with a Jack O Lantern theme but I bet a Mummy, Witch or Frankenstein cookie cake would be super cute scary! halloween sugar cookie cake

 

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In most baking aisles, you can find canned frosting, frosting in a pouch for cookie decorating, cookie mixes, sprinkles and mounds of candy to choose from.  It’s so easy to think out of the box and really let your creative juices flow when designing your sugar cookie cake.  These are the items I used to make a Jack O Lantern.  It was a breeze.

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I used Wilton tip# 21 and a pastry bag to pipe the border using the canned frosting.   If you don’t want to use a tip and bag, you can purchase a Wilton Wilton Orange Icing Tube and the decorator tips that are sold separately.

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What you will need to make a Halloween Sugar Cookie Cake

Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix 17.5oz (2 Packages)
2 sticks of butter
2 eggs
round cookie sheet
1 bag candy corn
1 can orange frosting
1 pouch of black cookie icing
Betty Crocker Decorating Cookie Icing, Black, Pouch
Halloween colored sprinkles, if desired

Directions: Preheat oven to 350.  Prepare cookie mix according to package directions. Add 1 cup of candy corns to dough and combine thoroughly. Press dough firmly into cookie sheet all the way to the edge evenly. It’s not necessary to grease the cookie sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly golden brown. Careful not to burn the edges. Check after 20 minutes of baking as some ovens are hotter than others and bake faster. Once cooled, pipe border and immediately add sprinkles and candy corn while icing is still soft. Using the black cookie icing pouch, add a Jack O Lantern face to your sugar cookie cake. Slice and enjoy!  

Happy Halloween

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Cookbook pre order now available!

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Fall is my favorite time of year and this year it’s even more spectacular because my first cookbook is set to be released November 11th 2014.  But you don’t have to wait to order. Delicious mornings is now available for pre order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  The price is cheaper when you pre order and you will get your copy before Thanksgiving. What could be better than to surprise your family with a homemade breakfast from scratch for the Holidays.  With make ahead casseroles like overnight pecan french toast bake or fluffy sugar and spice gingerbread muffins, you can prepare ahead and host a fabulous breakfast your guests will love.  Here is another sneak peak of the recipes included in the book. 

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Cinnamon swirl bread pudding with raspberries

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Chocolate sprinkle donuts

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Easy breakfast bread bowls

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Cookbook Signing Tour

I will be doing a book signing tour in the Northern Virginia, D.C and Maryland areas.  Please let me know by leaving a comment if you would like me to come to YOUR city. I would love to meet you and if you see me, please give me a hug and say hello.  I will be the nervous mess behind the table signing my book to whomever cares to get a copy signed by little ol me. I would love your continued support as you are my biggest cheerleaders and I couldn’t do this without you!

Stay tuned for more information and follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for book signing tour announcements and lists of cities I’ll be heading too.  I look forward to meeting you soon!

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