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Apple Pie French Toast Casserole Recipe – How to Make it in 16 Simple Steps

A serving of French toast casserole with milk and an apple.

We all love eating a healthy breakfast. Sliced fresh fruit with a cup of yogurt, nuts stirred into a cup of steel-cut oatmeal, or an egg-white omelet is tasty and nutritious. But every now and then, a sweet treat for breakfast is in order.

Pancakes, French toast, and waffles are not the kind of breakfast that you should eat every day, but for special occasions, these dessert options are fun and exciting. We have a new recipe to add to the list of fun and delicious “treat” style breakfasts. Our Apple Pie French Toast Casserole recipe is good for celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, or special occasions like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. 

Apple Pie French Toast Casserole Recipe

April Freeman
Everyone loves apple crisp and everyone loves French toast. This recipe for Apple Pie French Toast Casserole is a combination of these two popular dishes that you can serve to your family for breakfast. It is sweet, fruity, and is topped with a crunchy oatmeal topping. If you need a special recipe for a holiday or for a brunch at work, this recipe may be perfect. 
Prep Time 50 mins
Baking Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings

Equipment

  • Medium-Sized Saucepan
  • Fork
  • 9 x 13 Baking Dish
  • Medium-Sized Batter Bowl
  • Wire whisk
  • Small bowl

Ingredients
  

Apple Filling Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 4 pcs Large Baking Apples peeled and sliced
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon

French Toast Ingredients

  • 1 pc Large Loaf of French Bread
  • 8 pcs Eggs
  • 3 cups Milk
  • ¼ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon

Crunchy Topping Ingredients

  • 1 cup Oats
  • ½ cup Flour
  • cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 5 tbsp Melted Butter

Glaze Ingredients

  • ½ cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Maple Syrup
  • tbsp Milk

Instructions
 

  • Start by creating the apple pie filling. In a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. When the butter is melted, add the apple slices, the sugar, and the cinnamon. Stir this well to coat all the apples. Cook this mixture for 10 to 15 minutes until the apples are soft when you poke them with a fork. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set it aside as you prepare the French toast mixture.
    The apple filling is cooked in a saucepan.
  • Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Tear the French bread into chunks and arrange them in the casserole dish. Set this aside.
  • In a medium-sized batter bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk until they are bright yellow and bubbly.
    The eggs are whisked in a bowl.
  • Add the milk, sugar, and vanilla, whisking to combine.
    The milk and sugar are mixed with the egg mixture.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the bread, pressing the bread into the mixture to allow the bread to soak up the egg mixture.
    The milk and egg mixture is then poured onto the bread and let it soak.
  • Spoon the apple pie filling over the top of the French bread and egg mixture. Do not stir, just allow the apples to be in an even layer atop the bread.
  • Now you can make the crispy topping. You can use the same bowl that you used for the egg mixture. You probably want to wipe out the bowl with a paper towel before you use it. Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and the melted butter, using a fork to combine them. This should create a crumbly mixture that you can then scatter over the top of the apples in the dish. Create an even layer of crumbs on the top of the casserole. 
    The apple filling on the bread is topped with oats.
  • Cover the dish with plastic wrap and let this casserole sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. If you want to make this one day ahead of time, you can refrigerate it overnight, and it will be fine.
  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Take the dish from the fridge and allow it to sit out on the countertop for about 20 or 30 minutes to bring it to room temperature. 
  • Place the casserole in the center of the oven and bake it for 45 to 50 minutes until the crispy coating is golden brown and the casserole is fully cooked. 
  • As the casserole is baking, create the glaze for the top of the casserole. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the glaze ingredients. 
    The glaze ingredients are mixed in a small bowl.
  • When the casserole is done, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for about 15 minutes. Drizzle the top of the casserole with the glaze. 
  • Spoon the casserole into bowls and serve. 
    A baked apple pie French toast casserole.
  • Leftovers can be saved in the fridge by covering the casserole dish with plastic wrap and storing it in the refrigerator. You can reheat leftovers by microwaving individual servings, or you can pop the whole casserole dish in a 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes. Use leftover casserole within 3 days.
    The baked apple pie French toast casserole with glazing.

Notes

We call this recipe a French toast casserole, but in reality, it is more similar to a bread pudding. We take large pieces of French bread and soak them in an egg and milk mixture in a casserole dish. But what makes this recipe unique is the apple crisp topping. A layer of cooked, sweetened apples is spread on the top of the casserole, and sprinkled on this is a crumb topping that bakes up with a delightfully crunchy texture.
If you are pressed for time and want to skip a step, you can skip cooking the apples if you buy a can of premade apple pie filling. Just spoon the apple pie filling over the top of the French toast casserole and proceed as directed in the recipe. 
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