Serving Size : 10
1-1/4 pounds Golden Delicious, Gala or Granny Smith apples, peeled, quartered, cored, sliced -- (3 cups)
1/3 cup sugar, mixed with
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (set 1 teaspoon mixture aside)
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
4 large eggs
2 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
9 slices cinnamon-raisin bread, cut in 1/2" cubes
Place oven rack in middle position. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 9 or 10" deep-dish pie plate. Have ready a roasting pan larger than the pie plate.
In a large bowl, toss apple slices with 2 tablespoons cinnamon-sugar. Place a large skillet over med. heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter and spread half of the apples to cover bottom. Cook 1 min. per side or until partially cooked. remove to a large plate. Repeat with another 1 tablespoon butter and remaining apples. add to plate.
Meanwhile, put eggs, milk, vanilla and remaining cinnamon-sugar in the bowl. Add remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter and whisk until ingredients are well blended.
Spread bread cubes in pie plate. Arrange apple slices in concentric circles on top. Pour egg mixture evenly over apples; sprinkle with reserved 1 teaspoon cinnamon-sugar.
Set pie plate in roasting pan. Place pan on middle rack and add very hot water to roasting pan to come halfway up sides of pie plate. Bake for 40-45 min. until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. remove pie plate from water. serve warm, at room temperature or cold.