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Make-ahead apple French toast casserole for a stress-free holiday brunch

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Serve your holiday guests this luscious apple French toast casserole that you can prep ahead

Combine day-old bread, sweet apples and beautiful fall spices to create this decadent French breakfast treat.

This casserole is one of my favorite things to make on the weekends and on holiday mornings.

Serve your holiday guests this luscious apple French toast casserole that you can prep ahead
Image: Katerina Petrovska/SheKnows

Preparing a delicious baked apple French toast casserole the night before you’re ready to please a crowd means you don't have to spend an hour slaving over the stove and flipping pancakes before your morning coffee.

It’s easy to make and is a perfect recipe to serve during the chilly months.

Serve your holiday guests this luscious apple French toast casserole that you can prep ahead
Image: Katerina Petrovska/SheKnows

It also comes together without too much effort. You can assemble everything the night before and pop it in the fridge overnight to soak up all the deliciousness.

But, if you don't have time the night before, it's still just as good if you make it the morning of.

This breakfast fare is a cross between apple pie and French toast, combining the best sweet and tart flavors all in one. Serve with a healthy drizzle of honey or maple syrup and enjoy.

Serve your holiday guests this luscious apple French toast casserole that you can prep ahead
Image: Katerina Petrovska/SheKnows

Apple French toast casserole recipe

Serves 8

Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 45 minutes | Total time: 1 Hour

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups day-old whole-grain bread, cut into cubes
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups almond milk (you can also use regular 2 percent milk or skim milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 apples, cored and thinly sliced into wedges (I don't peel mine, but feel free to do so)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, divided
  • Honey, maple syrup and/or whipped cream for garnish (all optional)

Directions:

  1. Grease a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Add bread to the casserole dish and arrange in an even layer. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, cinnamon and 1/4 cup light brown sugar; whisk until thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour the milk mixture over the bread and use your hands to push the bread down to soak up all the liquid. Set aside.
  5. Melt the butter in a large skillet.
  6. Add the apples and sprinkle them with cinnamon and a 1/4 cup of light brown sugar; cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, or until tender, stirring frequently.
  7. Remove from heat and transfer the apples to over the top of the bread and push them down.
  8. At this point, you can either cover the casserole with foil and place it in the fridge, or you can bake it right away.
  9. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  10. Bake uncovered for 45 to 50 minutes, or until golden brown and the egg mixture is set. If it's still jiggly wet, bake for an additional 7 to 8 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and let stand for a few minutes.
  12. Cut and serve immediately.
  13. Optionally, top each slice with honey, maple syrup and/or whipped cream.

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