I'm always looking for ways to recreate breakfast with something exciting and easy to make. I tend to take breakfast pretty seriously, since dairy farming and child raising seem to use up a lot of energy.
In order to make breakfast easy on myself, I tend to keep certain food items on hand: croissants, frozen fruit, maple syrup, etc. I can whip together a great egg bake the night before and either slow cook or bake it the next morning. There is nothing more comforting than a warm breakfast waiting for you after milking cows for three hours. Nothing. Well, maybe a hot bath. Yes, I went there.
I've come up with a new creation that uses up some apples from our orchard and some great maple syrup (grade B is my favorite). No other sugar is necessary. This dish will warm you up and get you rip roarin' for your day. Are you ready!? Be sure to read through to the end, I have a great suggestion you won't want to miss.
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Maple Apple Breakfast BakeIngredients
6 large croissants, cubed
6 oz cream cheese, cut into cubes
2 large apples, sliced
8 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup, plus more for serving
Grease a 6.5 qt slow cooker dish and place half of the croissant cubes inside. Evenly drop the cream cheese and half of the apple slices over the croissants. Top with remaining croissant cubes and apple slices.
Combine the eggs, milk, maple syrup and butter in a large glass measuring cup and pour over bread mixture.
Cover slow cooker dish and bake on high for 2 hours, or until browned and no longer jiggles.
Serve with additional maple syrup as a topping. This dish can be prepared the evening prior and baked before serving.
*Leftovers can be served with ice cream as a dessert or blended in a mixer with ice cream as a maple-apple shake with an additional 2 Tablespoons of maple syrup. I'm salivating just typing this.