Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

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A simple make ahead overnight French toast casserole loaded with apples and cinnamon. Enjoy hot out of the oven for brunch with all the work done the night before. In the morning just pop the casserole in the oven and enjoy with maple syrup.


Units Scale
  • Approx. 810 cups stale bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 small Granny Smith apples, cored and de-seeded, chopped in bite sizes
  • 7 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups full milk
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter


  1. Cut bread into 1 inch cubes. You can leave the crust on or cut it off, depends on the crust. If it’s thick and tough, I’d trim the crust off.
  2. Chop apples in bite sizes. I leave the apple skins on.
  3. In a 9 x 12 baking dish layer the bread and apples, making two additions of each, the last layer apples. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl add eggs, milk and cream. Whisk together until well incorporated. Add brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix together.
  5. Pour egg mixture over the bread and apples making sure to cover all of the bread. I like to use my hands to make sure everything is soaked together.
  6. Cover in plastic and refrigerate overnight.
  7. In the morning preheat oven to 350˚F. Using a large spoon, gently fold casserole making sure all the liquid is incorporated into the bread.
  8. Add dollops of butter on top and cover casserole with foil.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until top is browned and the middle is set.


Make sure to use stale or crusty bread. If you use bread that’s too soft you’ll end up with a soggy casserole. If your bread is too soft, leave bread unwrapped on the counter for a day or overnight.

You can cut back on the sugar if you’d like to make the casserole less sweet.

I like to leave my apple skins on, you can peel your apples if you’d like.

Toasted walnuts would be a great addition, make sure to add nuts the morning of. If you leave them in the mixture overnight they will get soft and soggy.

If not using a nonstick 9×12 baking dish, you can butter the dish to prevent sticking. I have not had any problems with my dishes in the past, but it doesn’t hurt, plus more butter!!!


Keywords: French Toast, Overnight, Apple Cinnamon, Breakfast, Brunch, French

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