Begin by prepping your apples. Remove the core and cut the apples into a medium dice, leaving the skin on.
In a small sauce pot combine the maple syrup, Bourbon and cinnamon stick. Bring up to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Next, add in the apples and cook for 10 minutes or until the apples have softened and the sauce has reduced a little.
While the apples cook, start to make your French toast. In a shallow dish combine the buttermilk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Whisk together.
Next, bring a medium sized non-stick skillet up to heat on low. Add a little butter to the pan. Once up to heat, dunk the stale bread into the egg mixture and let soak for 20 seconds. Remove and let the extra mixture drip off and then place into the buttered pan. Cook low and slow about 5 minutes per side. Flip and cook until golden brown and slightly crisp.
Remove and continue with remaining bread. Keep warm in a low temperature oven. To serve, place some apples on top of each piece and drizzle with the thickened sauce. Serve warm.
Recipe Courtesy of Megan Mitchell