Cinnamon Apple French Toast Casserole

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Bake up an apple French toast casserole, topped with cinnamon brown sugar, for busy mornings on the go or an easy holiday breakfast. Perfect for a crowd!

I never imagined how much I would love a good overnight French toast bake until I actually tried making that instead of regular French toast.

Especially during the fall and holiday season, I love having an easy breakfast I can feed a crowd. And this apple French toast bake is just that.

slice of apple French toast casserole on white plate with maple syrup, fork, and glass of milk

Very similar to my favorite French toast casserole, an apple French toast casserole is slightly different.

The one major difference is the apple.

I make this French toast casserole with apple pie filling. And I really prefer to make the pie filling from scratch.

While you can make overnight apple French toast without the topping, it won’t be nearly as good. The topping is super quick to mix up, and you can just crumble it right onto the casserole before baking.

apple breakfast bake in white casserole dish, sliced and ready to eat

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my baking tips, important baking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the baked French toast recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED:

Keep in mind, all of the amounts you'll need are in the printable recipe card below.

KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED:

9″x13″ Baking Dish

Mixing Bowl and Liquid Measuring Cup and Whisk

Paring Knife, Chef Knife, and Cutting Board

Apple Corer/Peeler/Slicer

Reusable Food Wraps or Plastic Wrap – for covering and chilling.

Aluminum Foil – for baking.

HOW TO MAKE APPLE FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE

Your first step is cutting the bread, and then layering the bread cubes and pecans in the baking dish so it's ready for the rest of your steps.

layering bread cubes and pecans in white casserole dish for sweet breakfast casserole

Then…

  1. Mix together the chopped apples, melted butter, sour cream, sugar, brown sugar, corn starch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice.
  2. Toss the apple mixture with the bread and pecans in the casserole dish.
  3. Then whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, and salt.
  4. Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes, making sure all of the bread is soaked with the egg and milk.
steps for how to make apple French toast casserole in metal mixing bowl and white baking dish

This is the part where you'll cover it and chill it either overnight or for at least 4 to 6 hours.

Next morning when you're ready to bake it, you'll need to mix up the topping super quick…

  1. Mix together the sliced butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  2. And you'll just crumble the topping over the casserole.

Then it's ready to bake! Bake it according to the instructions in the recipe card below.

apple French toast bake, baked in white casserole dish

WHAT KINDS OF BREAD MAKE GOOD FRENCH TOAST?

While you can make an apple cinnamon French toast bake with Texas toast, sourdough, challah bread, French bread, or really any other type of fresh baked bread, I used a regular loaf of plain old butter bread.

Butter bread is a type of sandwich bread (or white bread) you can find at just about any store.

This recipe is simple, so you can hopefully either use what you already have or easily find what you need at the store.

CAN I MAKE IT GLUTEN-FREE?

Yes, you can. Just substitute in your favorite gluten-free bread in place of the regular sandwich bread included in the ingredients.

slice of overnight apple French toast, with maple syrup, on white plate with fork and glass of milk

BEST APPLES FOR APPLE FRENCH TOAST BAKE

While you can make this recipe with apple pie filling, I really recommend fresh apples.

I also recommend finding apples in season because you'll get a lot better flavor. And if you buy seconds at a local orchard, produce stand, or farmer's market, you'll get them cheaper too.

That said…

Some of my favorite apples to use for recipes include the following:

  • Jonathan
  • Jonagold
  • Granny Smith
  • Golden Delicious
  • Honeycrisp

DO I REALLY HAVE TO CHILL IT OVERNIGHT?

While overnight apple French toast has the best flavor after chilling in the refrigerator overnight or for at least a few hours, you can just bake it and eat it.

If you’re in a hurry, don’t have time to plan ahead, and need to make it a quick and easy French toast casserole for a crowd, that’s ok.

Just mix it up, make sure the bread cubes are moistened well with the egg and milk mixture, add the topping, and bake it.

fork with bite of apple cinnamon French toast bake on white plate

CAN YOU FREEZE THIS SWEET BREAKFAST CASSEROLE?

You can totally freeze a French toast bake. While I recommend freezing it after it’s already been baked, you can also freeze it before baking.

Keep in mind it’ll keep longer in the freezer if it’s already been cooked. And I'd add the topping later, right before you actually bake it.

Be sure to cover it well or seal it in an airtight container to prevent freezer burn.

Also, be sure you have plenty of time for it to thaw and re-heat when taking it out of the freezer. Allow time for it to thaw in the fridge; then cook or re-heat.

WHAT GOES WITH BAKED FRENCH TOAST?

Apple breakfast bake pairs really well with eggs and bacon, or better yet, eggs and sausage.

apple cinnamon breakfast casserole served with maple syrup on white plate with fork

It adds a little sweet treat to breakfast time and puts smiles on faces who are just waking up. And it's especially perfect for those memorable family occasions like Christmas morning.

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Yield: 12

Cinnamon Apple French Toast Casserole

Cinnamon Apple French Toast Casserole

Bake up an apple French toast casserole, topped with cinnamon brown sugar, for busy mornings on the go or an easy holiday breakfast. Perfect for a crowd!

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Chill Time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours 25 minutes

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Cube the bread into small 1-inch cubes, and layer with pecans in the baking dish.
  3. Mix together the chopped apples, melted butter, sour cream, sugar, brown sugar, corn starch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice.
  4. Toss the apple mixture with the bread and pecans in the casserole dish.
  5. Whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and salt.
  6. Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes and pecans in the baking dish, making sure all of the bread is soaked with the egg mixture.
  7. Cover and chill for a good 4 to 6 hours or overnight.
  8. When you're ready to bake the casserole, remove it from the fridge, and preheat the oven to 350° F.
  9. Meanwhile, mix the sliced butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon together in a small mixing bowl.
  10. Crumble or clump the topping over the entire breakfast casserole.
  11. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil, and bake at 350° F for about 40 minutes. Then uncover and continue baking for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  12. Once it's thoroughly cooked through, remove it from the oven and let it cool for just a few minutes.
  13. Then slice and serve with powdered sugar and/or maple syrup.

Notes

*20 ounces equals about 22 slices. Keep in mind you can also use Texas toast, sourdoughchallah breadFrench bread, or really any other type of fresh baked bread; but it may change the texture of the casserole.

**Pecans are totally optional; you can also use walnuts.

***My favorite apples to use for recipes like this include Jonathan, Jonagold, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and Honeycrisp.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 141mg Sodium: 514mg Carbohydrates: 43g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 20g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 11g

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