Czech Žemlovka Apple French Toast

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Recipe: #37846

November 29, 2021

Categories: French Toast


Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (935.8 g)
  • Calories 1092.3
  • Total Fat - 66.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 35.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 814.5 mg
  • Sodium - 1031.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 87.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 5.5 g
  • Sugars - 73.4 g
  • Protein - 43.8 g
  • Calcium - 675.3 mg
  • Iron - 4.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 34.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Place raisins in a small bowl, pour over the water

Step 2

And soak for 20 minutes to rehydrate.

Step 3

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Step 4

In the meantime, grease an oven dish with 2 Tablespoons butter, and set aside.

Step 5

While the raisins are soaking

Step 6

Warm the milk over a low heat in a medium saucepan, then add the remaining butter, and stir until melted. Set aside to cool slightly.

Step 7

Peel and slice the apples, and place in a bowl with the lemon juice, making sure each slice is coated.

Step 8

Set aside.

Step 9

Add the eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla to a mixing bowl, and beat until smooth.

Step 10

Stir in the milk and butter, and beat again for another minute or so, to thoroughly incorporate.

Step 11

Drain the raisins, and discard the water.

Step 12

Dip each slice of bread into the custard

Step 13

And place a layer (including crusts) on the bottom of the baking dish.

Step 14

Sprinkle the raisins over the bread, then a layer of cheese, and then arrange the slices of apple on top.

Step 15

Pour over the lemon juice.

Step 16


Step 17

Add another layer of dipped bread, and pour any remaining custard over the top. Sprinkle over 2 Tablespoon of brown sugar.

Step 18

Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting apples, choose a variety that is sweet and tart for the best flavor.
  • For best results, use freshly grated nutmeg.

  • Substitute the white bread with whole wheat bread for added fiber and nutrients. This will provide a nutrient-dense breakfast and help keep you full longer.
  • Substitute the butter with coconut oil for a healthier fat source. Coconut oil is rich in healthy fats and has many health benefits, including improved heart health and weight loss.

Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Replace the apples with 1/2 cup of raisins and add an additional teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the custard mixture. Omit the lemon juice and top with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.

Roasted Carrots with Thyme and Garlic:

RECOMMENDED DISH DESCRIPTION: Roasted carrots with thyme and garlic are the perfect accompaniment to this Czech Žemlovka Apple French Toast. The sweetness of the carrots pairs perfectly with the savory French toast, while the thyme and garlic give the dish an aromatic and earthy flavor.

Crispy Bacon: Crispy bacon adds a delicious crunch to this Czech Žemlovka Apple French Toast. The salty and savory flavor of the bacon pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the French toast and the roasted carrots. It's the perfect way to add a little extra flavor to the dish.


Q: What temperature should I preheat the oven to?

A: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Q: What type of pan should I use for baking a cake?

A: Use a 9-inch round cake pan with 2-inch sides for best results. Grease the pan with butter or cooking spray before adding the batter.

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Fun facts:

This Czech dish is said to have been a favorite of the famous composer, Antonin Dvorak. He was known to have enjoyed it with a cup of coffee or tea.

Žemlovka is also known as the national dish of the Czech Republic and has been served in the country for centuries. It is a popular dish for special occasions such as Christmas and Easter.