Overnight Baked Apple Cinnamon French Toast

This cozy baked apple cinnamon french toast is a perfect special breakfast for Fall! Filled with pecans and caramelized apples, you prepare it the night before and bake it off in the morning.

A purple baking dish filled with Overnight Apple Cinnamon French Toast.

This past weekend it started to feel a little bit like fall.  Really, it was just cooler in the morning and at night, but I’ll take it.

Between the slightly cooler temps, the return of football and the start of apple baking season, I couldn’t be more excited.  It’s my favorite time of the year.

And let me just say that this baked apple cinnamon french toast was the perfect way to kick off the season.

A serving of Apple Cinnamon French Toast on a white plate.

I’d say this is more like a cross between french toast and bread pudding.  

Topped with chopped pecans and slightly caramelized apples, you whip up the whole dish the night before you need it.  

In the morning, just bake it off (and then use the down time to sit outside with a cup of coffee and breathe in the cooler air – i.e. my total happy place).

I think this would be a great dish for company.  Or if you’re like us, just a special breakfast for a random weekend.

A serving of Baked Apple Cinnamon French Toast on a plate with coffee.

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Overnight Baked Apple Cinnamon French Toast

Overnight Baked Apple Cinnamon French Toast

Yield: about 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

This cozy baked apple cinnamon french toast is a perfect special breakfast for Fall! Filled with pecans and caramelized apples, you prepare it the night before and bake it off in the morning.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter*
  • 3 medium apples, peeled, cored and cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 cups cubed french bread (about 1-inch pieces)**
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 ¾ cups milk***
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raw pecans, chopped
  • confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Instructions

  1. Place a medium skillet over medium heat. Add in the butter. Once melted, add in the apple slices and brown sugar. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Turn off the heat and stir in the cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. Grease a 9x9 inch baking dish, then spread the bread cubes evenly in the pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, maple syrup, milk and vanilla. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread cubes in the dish. Sprinkle with the pecans. Spoon the apple mixture evenly on top.
  4. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  5. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  6. Remove the plastic wrap from the baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for about 50 to 60 minutes. The custard should be set and should not “wiggle” if you shake the pan.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes before serving. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

Notes

*To keep this dairy free - use your favorite non dairy butter or coconut oil in place of the regular butter.

**I used about ¾ of a french baguette to get the 6 cups.

***To keep this dairy free - use unsweetened almond milk or another non dairy milk of choice.

Adapted from Gale Gand's Brunch!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 369 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 135mg Sodium: 285mg Carbohydrates: 51g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 24g Protein: 11g
Nutrition data shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.