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Baked cinnamon-apple French toast in a rectangular casserole dish
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5 from 4 votes

Baked Cinnamon Apple French Toast

This Baked Cinnamon Apple French Toast is an easy make-ahead sweet treat for breakfast or brunch! It's almost like a breakfast bread pudding.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Resting Time12 hrs
Total Time13 hrs 25 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 401kcal
Author: Victoria

Ingredients

  • 6 medium apples (or 5 large apples), use a variety
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut up into small cubes, plus more for the baking dish
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 8 slices Texas toast thick presliced white bread
  • 8 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Peel, core, and cut the apples into ¼-inch-thick slices. Heat the butter in a saute pan over medium heat until it starts to foam. Add the apples and cook them until tender, about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  • Lightly toast the bread. Cut the toast slices in half to make triangles. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, and arrange the bread in two rows, overlapping in the dish.
  • Beat the eggs in a medium bowl; then whisk in the sugar, milk, and vanilla to make a custard. Pour the custard over the bread triangles, and spoon the apples over the top. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
  • The next day, heat the oven to 350°F.
  • Uncover the baking dish and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the custard is set and doesn’t shimmy when you shake the pan (err on the longer side to ensure its baked through–mine baked a little over 60 minutes total because I noticed a bit of runny custard bubbling out one of the sides around the 50 minute mark). It will puff up and brown slightly. Remove from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve it in squares or large spoonfuls with maple syrup, if desired.

Notes

  • If you struggle to find commercially available Texas toast, you can bake your own white sandwich bread, and cut it into 8 one-inch-thick slices.
Adapted from Gale Gand’s Brunch

Nutrition

Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 206mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 347mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 43g