Topped with apples and sprinkled with cinnamon, this French Toast Casserole is a delicious breakfast or brunch recipe you can prepare the night before and bake in the morning for a no-fuss and delicious meal.
Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole:
I hate to admit this, but as the end of August approaches, I’ve started to crave fall flavors, such as apple, maple, pumpkin, and cinnamon. Anyone else? Last weekend I had overnight guests, so I decided to make this Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole.
It was the perfect breakfast and transition from summer to fall. It has a freshness thanks to the apples but also a touch of fall flavor due to the cinnamon and nutmeg.
What I especially love about recipes like this French toast casserole is that everything is assembled the night before, allowing you to just pop it in the oven in the morning. This way, as the host, you don’t feel rushed and are free to enjoy a cup of coffee with your guests.
How to Make This French Toast Casserole:
To make this dish, start with a loaf of French bread. You can get this at most grocery stores. (I’m a fan of the French bread from Walmart. I find that it works well for almost any French toast recipe. I also love it for my Berry Stuffed French Toast.)
For this recipe, you simply slice the loaf and layer the bread in a 13×9-inch pan, slightly overlapping each piece. The bread is then topped with freshly sliced apples. You can use your favorite variety or whatever you have on hand. I used Honeycrisp.
Next, you create a custard by whisking together milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Pour that over the bread and apples and then top the entire casserole with a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar.
That’s it, my friends. Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and pop it in the refrigerator overnight.
I find that this casserole can brown quickly in the oven. (You’ll notice in my photos that a piece or two got a bit brown.) I’ve learned to bake it covered for half the time and uncovered for half the time, but do what works best in your oven.
Top with a sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar and serve with maple syrup for the perfect finishing touch!
I ended up serving this Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Brown Sugar Bacon. This is my absolute favorite way to make bacon! I went very light on the brown sugar since the casserole is sweet. I also paired the French toast with a bowl of seasonal berries. It was such a delicious little morning treat and so simple to put together.
More of my favorite breakfast treats:
- Spinach Bacon Swiss Quiche
- Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
- Cranberry French Toast
- Breakfast Pies
- Easy Overnight Breakfast Casserole
- Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal
If you have overnight guests coming soon, print out this French Toast Casserole recipe (and my bacon recipe) for an easy and delicious morning. Enjoy!
Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole Recipe:
- 1 loaf French bread cut into 1-inch slices
- 5 apples peeled, cored, and sliced
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- 10 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Powdered sugar and pure maple syrup for serving
Begin by spraying a 9x13-inch baking dish with baking spray. Arrange the slices of bread in the pan, slightly overlapping each slice. Layer the apple slices over the bread. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Whisk until well blended. Pour this mixture over the apples and bread.
In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle over the casserole. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until set. (Bake for 30 minutes covered; then remove the aluminum foil to finish baking.) Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving. Serve with pure maple syrup.