Baked Apple French Toast
Baked Apple French Toast is so awesome! It’s a tasty breakfast or brunch entree with apple pie filling on the bottom. Then it’s topped with a custard and cinnamon-raisin toast on top. To serve the dish, you actually invert the apples so that the Cinnamon Raisin toast is on the bottom and the apple pie filling is on the top.
This dish went over with a bang the first time we ever served it. Everyone loved it and wanted more. The great thing about this recipe is you can use ANY kind of pie filling you desire: cherry, strawberry, pineapple, blueberry or even peach. My spectacular Baked Peach French Toast is also a worthy choice for a special holiday breakfast or special occasion brunch.
When we attended Hillcrest Baptist Church in Cedar Hill, Texas, our Sunday school class used to make BIG breakfasts every week. I mean BIG! Everyone signed up for a Sunday and usually no one had to make breakfast more than four times a year.
On Sunday mornings everyone would bring in their favorite breakfast recipes. Sometimes folks would try out something new on the rest of us. All of us were very happy guinea pigs and always enjoyed something different. I collected about 50 fabulous breakfast recipes that way. (Most of which have not yet been posted here…..some day!) On one of those occasions, I was perusing my Taste of Home cookbook collection and stumbled across this recipe. I decided to give it a go and I’m so glad I did.
This recipe does not have to be made the night before. But you can prepare it the night before and bake it the next day if you desire. It’s really a fairly quick and easy recipe too. I like the fact that you can use French bread, but you can also use raisin-cinnamon bread as well to give it a little more pizazz. However, French Bread is definitely sturdier which makes the recipe easier to pull together.
Baked Apple French Toast is an excellent choice for a holiday breakfast or brunch. I highly recommend it for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter & even Mother’s Day. Since it bakes in 30 minutes you can have a delicious hot breakfast ready for your family quite quickly. You can also serve this amazing dish for dinner!
I found the original recipe in Taste of Home’s 50th Anniversary Cookbook. I’ve adapted it a LOT. But I think you will like the extra tweaks that make this recipe special.
Baked Apple French Toast is a wonderful brunch entree. We served this tasty breakfast dish with fresh fruit and grapefruit juice.
This is really easy to prepare. You can have a scrumptious hot breakfast ready for your family in under an hour!
The wonderful thing about Baked Apple French Toast is you can use any kind of pie filling. If you prefer another flavor, by all means use whatever kind of pie filling you enjoy.
Here’s what I did.
Spread a can of apple pie filling in the bottom of a 9×13″ glass baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
In a separate bowl place eggs and milk.
Add vanilla and whisk to combine.
Dip bread slices into egg mixture and soak on both sides – this will take about 15 seconds.
Place soaked bread slices on top of apple pie filling.
In a small bowl add cinnamon and sugar. Stir cinnamon-sugar mixture to combine.
Melt butter in glass baking dish in microwave. Brush butter over top of bread slices.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.
This is a lot easier to do if you do one slice at a time. Example: Dip one slice of bread in egg mixture. Layer on top of apple pie filling. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over bread. Repeat laying another slice of soaked bread on top of the other slice leaving about a two-inch overlap. Repeat, until you run out of room in your pan for bread slices!
Bake 30-35 minutes at 350. (You may want to cover the dish with foil so the bread doesn’t get overly brown).
I used cinnamon-raisin bread, but if you prefer French bread that works wonderfully, too.
To serve: Cut bread with spatula. Lift bread out of casserole and invert onto plate so that apple slices are now on top of the bread!
Baked Apple French Toast is a great recipe for holiday breakfasts or special occasion breakfasts.
If you enjoy apple pie and French Toast, it works tremendously well in this recipe.
Here’s the recipe.
BAKED APPLE FRENCH TOAST
(Recipe adapted from Taste of Home 50th Anniversary Edition, page 83)
- 1 21-oz. can [url href=”http://http://www.luckyleaf.com/” target=”_blank” title=”lucky leaf pie filling”]Lucky Leaf[/url] apple or blueberry pie filling
- 4 eggs
- 1 ½ cups milk
- 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 10 slices day-old French bread or 8 slices day-old cinnamon-raisin bread
- 2 tbsp. butter, melted
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- Spoon pie filling into a greased 9×13” baking dish.
- In a bowl, beat eggs, milk and vanilla.
- Dip bread slices in egg mixture for about 15-30 seconds.
- Arrange 2 rows of bread on top of pie filling, overlapping slices slightly (if using French bread).
- Brush bread with melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
- Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Serve fruit side up.
This close up shows the wonderful texture of Baked Apple French Toast.
This is also an easy recipe for Mother’s Day or special days for Mom!