holiday morning french toast

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
3 tart apples (such as Granny Smith), peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1 loaf Italian or French bread, cut into 1-inch slices
6 large eggs
1-1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Combine brown sugar, butter and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a 13×9 inch baking dish. Add apples and cranberries; toss to coat well. Spread apple mixture evenly over bottom of baking dish. Arrange slices of bread on top.

Mix eggs, milk, vanilla and remaining 2 teaspoons cinnamon until well blended. Pour mixture over bread, soaking bread completely. Cover and refrigerate 4-24 hours.

Bake covered with aluminum foil in a preheated 375 oven for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 5 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes to set. Serve warm. Makes 12 servings.

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