If you have made a baked french toast for a brunch or breakfast previously, you will know what a pleasure it is to be able to make it the day before, then just pop it into the oven the next day before serving. So convenient and stress-free. This make-ahead baked apple & pear french toast is one of those. The apples and pears glazed in butter, brown sugar and cinnamon make this dish moist and delicious. Top it with a spoon or yogurt and sour cream and drizzle it with maple syrup … yum.
With this recipe, you don’t have to make it ahead. But you can if you want. 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 uses 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. You can also add some raisins or walnuts. One more thing… you can alter the texture to your taste. Bake it less for a pudding-like texture or a bit more for a crispier drier texture.
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.
This recipe was inspired by one from the Minimalist Baker.