Apple French Toast Bake (overnight or make and bake!)

I don't know what is going on with me. I haven't been this obsessed with apples, or any food for that matter, ever. The last ten or twelve apples from our recent orchard outing screamed at me today: Use me! I ran them through our juicer and after taking six huge gulps of fresh apple juice (SO DELICIOUS!), I turned the rest into a spiced cider. Recipe to come! Last weekend in a different apple-related frenzy, I made this french toast bake and my boys ate it for breakfast every day this week. It was ridiculously good. Think apple pie for breakfast. With syrup.

Cut 10 slices of bread into 1-inch pieces. Use whole wheat bread if you want a healthier version or white for a more sinful option.

In a medium bowl, combine the milk, eggs, sugar and vanilla.

Mix well and pour evenly over the bread pieces.

Wipe out that bowl or grab a new one. Add apples, sugar, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, butter and nutmeg.

Mix well and pour evenly over the top. Go ahead and squish some apples into the nooks and crannies of the bread.

Bake immediately or cover it with foil and bake any time within 48 hours. I love the overnight option, as there is nothing better than popping breakfast in the oven with NO PREP in the morning.

For make and bake, throw it in the oven uncovered at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.

For overnight, bake uncovered for 60 minutes.

Serve warm with syrup!

What do you think? Should I cease this apple obsession and move onto something else? Pecans? Potatoes?

Apple French Toast Bake (overnight or make and bake!)

Prepare this ahead of time and bake in the morning OR make it and bake it. Your choice!

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Nov 8, 2014

Serves: 9

Total time: 1 hr, 15 min (make and bake) or 1 hr, 30 min (overnight)

Apple

Ingredients:

  • 10 slices bread, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Instructions:
  1. If baking immediately after prep, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Spread bread pieces into the bottom of prepared pan. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, milk, vanilla and 1/4 cup sugar. Mix well and pour evenly over the bread.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, 1/4 cup sugar, butter, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well and pour evenly over the top. Tuck some of the apple slices down between the bread creases.
  4. If baking immediately, bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. If storing overnight, cover pan with foil and refrigerate for up to 48 hours. When ready to bake, remove foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 60 minutes. Serve warm with syrup.