This Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole is one of the best holiday breakfast recipes I’ve ever made! It’s easy to make with basic ingredients and it’s perfect for any holiday breakfast or brunch at Thanksgiving or Christmas!
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*I originally shared this recipe with my readers in October 2015. I’ve updated the recipe, the photos and added a new tutorial video to make this recipe even easier for you to make in your own kitchen!
I don’t know about you, but I just love breakfast foods. It’s not often I have time to just sit and enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a nice cup of tea anymore (and let’s be honest, who does?), but there’s something really peaceful about breakfast time when we’re not rushing off here or there first thing in the morning and we can all sit down and enjoy some eggs, pancakes or French toast.
Wanna know a secret? This Apple Cinnamon French Toast Bake is perfect for lazy mornings because it can be made the night before and baked in the morning for a fresh and delicious breakfast. We often make it on a Friday or Saturday evening and enjoy it as a family on the weekend. The kids love it with yogurt and maple syrup, but you can also take it up a notch with whipped cream and maple syrup or even caramel sauce!
One of my favourite times to make this Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole is during the holidays. It’s so great for when you’ve got a house full of guests and it’s time for a holiday brunch. It’s a crowd-pleasing recipe that’s SO easy to throw together the night before (or in the morning, if you have time!). It’s bursting with festive flavours which makes it perfect for a Thanksgiving or Christmas breakfast!
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I’ve already shared several of my other favourite breakfast recipes with you, like this Savoury Overnight Breakfast Casserole, these Roasted Red Pepper Phyllo Quiche Bites, and this AMAZING Honey Lime Fruit Salad. One of my favourite things to do during the holidays is to prepare a brunch buffet with all my favourite delicious breakfast recipes for our holiday guests. This Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole is the PERFECT addition to any holiday brunch buffet, if you ask me!
Feel free to use whatever kind of bread you wish in this recipe – I almost always use plain old french bread because it creates such a beautiful presentation, but you could definitely use day-old brioche bread or any kind of plain or sweet bread you like. And any kind of baking apples work well in this recipe. I often use whatever I have on hand, which are usually Spartan apples (because my kids like that variety best!).
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- Easy Vegan Green Bean Casserole (Non-Vegan Option)
- Savoury Overnight Breakfast Casserole
- Easy Roasted Potato Casserole
- Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole
Watch the video below to see exactly how I make this great brunch recipe. You can find more delicious recipe videos on my YouTube channel.
Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole
- 2 tsp butter for greasing the pan
- 20 thick slices of French bread (approximately 1 and a half loaves of French bread)
- 12 eggs
- 4 1/2 cups milk
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 apples cut into chunks
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- Whipped cream or whipped topping of your choice for serving
- Maple Syrup for serving
- Grease a large rectangular baking pan (I use a lasagna casserole dish that's slightly larger than 9-inch by 13-inch) with butter.
- Arrange the slices of French bread in the baking dish so the tops are facing up.
- In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and pour the egg mixture carefully over the bread in the casserole dish, making sure to moisten each piece completely.
- Add the chopped apples to the top, along with the pecans, pushing them down slightly into the cracks between the pieces of bread.
- Combine the white sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle it over the casserole.
- Bake immediately at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes, or cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill overnight.
- If you choose the overnight method, simply remove the plastic wrap and add the dish to a cold oven. Preheat the oven as normal and when it reaches 350 degrees, set your timer for 40 minutes and bake as normal. The casserole dish will preheat slowly with the oven and this will prevent the dish from cracking. Never place a cold casserole dish in a hot oven!!
- Remove the casserole from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes before serving. Dust with powdered sugar and garnish with whipped cream and maple syrup when serving.