I love this Baked Apple French Toast. It’s always a never-fail family favorite for breakfast or brunch in my home. So much so that it has become a tradition to enjoy Apple French Toast as our Christmas morning breakfast dish. This one-pan wonder will also allow you to simply pop it in the oven and bake while you open Christmas gifts, having breakfast ready when the family is.
This Baked Apple French Toast combines the holiday taste favorites of cinnamon, apple, brown sugar, all in custard-soaked bread cubes baked to perfection. Serve this with some warm pure maple syrup and wait only seconds for everyone to fall in love with it!
That’s not all. This is also a great breakfast or brunch dish because you can actually make this a day before you’re planning on serving it. I think it actually makes it taste even better. Having the ability to make it ahead of time frees up your time to tackle other things on your to-do list. Huge bonus!
Baked Apple French Toast Ingredients
- A loaf of white Italian bread.
- Granny Smith apples
- Unsalted butter, melted.
Let’s get started!
If you are making this right away, go ahead and get that oven starting to heat up to 375 degrees. While that is heating up, locate a 13 x 9 baking pan and spray the inside with a cooking spray of your choice.
In a glass container, place a stick of butter in a microwave to melt the butter. Combine the cinnamon and brown sugar to the butter and pour into the bottom of your prepared baking pan.
Start to peel and core your Granny Smith apples. Slice the apples thinly, about 1/4 inch. I like to leave them in the half-moon shape of the apple because they are so pretty and identifiable on the fork.
Then add the thinly sliced apples to the baking pan and cover with the previously assembled butter, cinnamon, brown sugar mixture. Be sure that the combined apple mixture is evenly spread across the bottom of the pan.
Grab the loaf of bread and start to cut the bread into slices and those slices into 1-inch cubes. Add the cubes to the baking pan over the apple mixture that is on the bottom of the baking pan.
Now for the custard…
Mixing the eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a bowl until well blended. Then pour the mixture over the bread to soak completely. Use a spatula to press down the bread, pausing a few seconds to be sure the milk mixture is soaked into the bread.
If you’re baking this now, bake covered for 40 minutes, and then uncovered for an additional 5-8 minutes depending on your oven. You can also make this a day ahead.
Tips & Tricks
- You can make this and cook right away or measure aluminum foil, spray with cook spray and cover the baking pan and refrigerate overnight for the best results.
- Bread should be a fresh, unprocessed loaf. It can be day-old bread which will not only save you money, but it will be a drier version and will help soak up the custard.
- To prevent your apples from browning prior to use, have a bowl of water with a few teaspoons of lemon juice ready to hold the apples while you finish peeling and cutting them for use.
This recipe works great with another one-pan wonder, Creamy Blueberry French Toast. Serve both, so you have two options for your family to choose from for breakfast.
Baked Apple French Toast combines the holiday taste favorites of cinnamon, apple, brown sugar, all soaked in custard bread cubes baked to perfection. Served with some warm pure maple syrup.
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