Here’s a great make-ahead recipe for your next brunch. The aroma of bacon, apples and cinnamon will fill the air as it bakes.
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10 slices bacon, coarsely chopped
12 slices (1-inch thick) French bread
6 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Deli American, each cut in half
2 apples, peeled, cored, sliced into 24 slices
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
6 large Land O Lakes® Eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
Maple syrup, warmed
Spray 13x9-inch glass baking dish with no-stick cooking spray; set aside.
Cook bacon in 10-inch skillet over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until browned; drain well. Place into resealable plastic food bag; refrigerate.
Cut 3-inch slit in side of each bread slice, cutting almost through. Place 1/2 slice cheese and 2 apple slices into each slit. Place bread slices into prepared dish, cut-side down.
Combine milk, brown sugar, eggs and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in bowl; beat at medium speed until well mixed. Pour mixture over bread. Combine sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in bowl; sprinkle over top. Drizzle with melted butter. Cover tightly with plastic food wrap; refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
Heat oven to 350°F.
Uncover; top with bacon pieces. Bake 45-50 minutes or until puffed and set. Serve warm with maple syrup.
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