Make this apple french toast casserole the night before, then pop in the oven the next morning. Serve it with yogurt and maple syrup. Yum.
If you have made a baked french toast casserole for a brunch or breakfast previously, you will know what a pleasure it is to be able to make it the day before. No fuss the next day – so convenient and stress-free.
The apples and pears glazed in butter, brown sugar and cinnamon make this dish moist and delicious. Top it with a spoon or yogurt or sour cream and drizzle it with maple syrup. You can use just apples if you like. I just happened to have pears around, so I mixed them together.
The recipe is similar to most french toast casserole recipes. Fundamentally, it consists of bread soaked in an egg-milk mixture. Some recipes use bread slices, others like this one use torn up or cubed bread. Some are baked plain (adding toppings after baking). Others, like this one, incorporates a fruit filling and leaves some aside to add as a topping as well.
Typically baked french toast is a breakfast or brunch dish, but I like to serve it for a weeknight dinner with a side of bacon, sausage, ham or fresh berries. I like it with a bit of yogurt too. And maple syrup of course.
My husband, one of my main testers, said this one is a keeper 🙂
Tailor To Your Taste
- Add some raisins or walnuts.
- Use all apples or a mix or pears and apples.
- Alter the texture to your taste by baking it less for a pudding-like texture or more for a crispier drier texture.
Make Ahead Apple French Toast Casserole
- With this recipe, you don’t have to make it ahead.
- If you do, make the french toast casserole and cover it tightly with plastic wrap. Store it in the fridge until you are ready to use the the next day (or not more than a day and a half ahead). Also store the other half of the apple-pear mixture in the fridge to be used as a topping when serving.
Apple French Toast Casserole
- 4 cups bread ripped or cubed - about 1/2 loaf (I remove crusts)
- 4 medium eggs
- 2 cup milk (I use 2%)
- 2 tbsp brown sugar (or less)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Apple (and Pear) Mixture
- 1 large apple (gala, honey crisp, cortland, macintosh, other)
- 2 pears (bosc, bartlett, other) or substitute with more apples
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375F when ready to bake.
- PREPARE THE BASIC FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE: Spray an 8 x 8 inch ovenproof dish with oil or grease well with butter. Place bread cubes in the pan. Whisk eggs, milk, cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Pour over bread, making sure all pieces get soaked.
- PREPARE APPLE-PEAR MIXTURE: Peel and core apple and pears. Slice apples thinly (about 1/8 inch) and pears a little bigger. Heat skillet to medium and add all apple-pear mixture ingredients EXCEPT the pears. Saute for a few minutes until mixture is bubbly and apples begin to soften. Add pears if using and saute for another 2-3 minutes. Pears need less cooking as they are much softer than apples.
- ASSEMBLE: Pour half of apple-pear mixture onto the pan over the bread mixture. Lightly toss so that the apple-pear mixture is scattered throughout the bread mixture. I use clean hands for this. It's fine if a few pieces of fruit are sticking up or on top. At this point, it's ready to bake. Note 1 to make ahead. T
- BAKE AND SERVE: Bake the casserole for about 50 minutes until lightly browned. It will puff up. If you like it soft and more pudding-like, bake it less. If you like it drier and crispier, bake it more. Just before serving, reheat the rest of the apple-pear mixture in a skillet or in the microwave. Scrape along the sides of the pan before cutting. Serve topped with the apple-pear mixture and a dollop of yogurt or sour cream if desired. Pass the maple syrup.
- To make ahead: cover casserole tightly with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until you are ready to use the casserole (not more than a day and a half ahead). Also store the other half of the apple-pear mixture in the fridge to be used as a topping when serving.
This recipe was inspired by one from the Minimalist Baker.
Here’s another french toast casserole recipe you might like:
And a couple of other make ahead brunch recipes