Baked Apple French Toast
Enjoy the fruits of your apple-picking labor with this Baked Apple French Toast – a delicious weekend breakfast the whole family will enjoy!
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I was compensated for writing the original article, “Apples,” and developing the recipe found in the October 2016 issue of Today’s Dietitian. I was not compensated for sharing the column or magazine with readers on my blog. All opinions are my own.
I’ve been so excited to share this Baked Apple French Toast recipe with all of you since I made it a few months ago! By now many of you have probably gone apple picking, made a batch or two of applesauce, roasted or braised some apples for a side dish or two, and maybe you even added them to some pancakes. But if you’re like me you probably still have some apples left to use up and have just been waiting for the perfect apple recipe to come along. Well, this is it folks!
The Easiest French Toast
Get ready to satisfy your family’s breakfast and brunch cravings with this Baked Apple French Toast! Whole wheat challah bread is soaked in a cinnamon- and nutmeg-spiced egg mixture and topped with caramelized apples. You’re mouth is watering already, I know it! Now add that dollop of yogurt and a drizzle of warm maple syrup and you’re ready to devour all this deliciousness!
This recipe is also a great one to make with the kids – there’s a lot they can do to help, from arranging the slices of bread in the pan to whisking the ingredients, to spreading the apples on top before baking.
Let me add that one of the best things about this recipe is that you can prepare it the night before, so all you have to do is pop it in the oven in the morning and then sit back, relax and sip some coffee while you wait for it to bake. Can’t get easier than that!
What are you waiting for?! Get cooking!
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Baked Apple French Toast
Caramelized apples top whole grain challah bread soaked in a cinnamon- and nutmeg- spiced egg wash and baked in the oven for a delicious weekend breakfast the whole family will enjoy. Serve with pure maple syrup and low-fat plain yogurt for a protein boost.
- Cooking spray
- 8 1- inch slices whole -wheat challah, or brioche bread
- 6 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups nonfat milk, (or non-dairy milk of choice)
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon,, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, (or vegan butter substitute)
- 3 apples,, cored and sliced thin
- 2 tablespoons water
- 3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar,, divided
- Low-fat plain or plain Greek yogurt,, for serving (optional)
- Maple syrup,, for serving (optional)
- Preheat oven to bake at 375° F.
- Coat a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray and arrange challah slices as tightly as possible in a single layer in the pan. It’s okay if they overlap a little.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour over bread and use a spatula to push the bread down to soak up the liquid. Set aside.
- In a large skillet with a cover, melt butter (or butter substitute) over medium heat. Add sliced apples, remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and water, stir together to coat, and cover skillet.
- Cook covered, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes, until the apples are tender and starting to caramelize. Remove cover and continue cooking about 3 to 4 minutes more until apples are fully caramelized and soft, but not mushy. Remove from heat.
- While the apples are cooking, check the bread and push down to ensure all pieces are wet. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon brown sugar.
- Spread cooked apples over the bread and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar.
- Bake for 40 minutes until golden brown on top and egg mixture is fully cooked. Cut into 8 slices and serve hot. Enjoy!
Make Ahead: Follow steps 2-7, cover with aluminum foil and store in refrigerator overnight. In the morning follow steps 1 and 8 in the instructions.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 233
What have you been cooking or baking with apples this fall?
Share with me in the comments below!
This looks so delicious! French toast is one of my favorites. I may have to make this Friday for my hubby to stick in the oven on Saturday for our guests while I am at FNCE!
Great idea Kaleigh! I bet he will love it. I should probably do something as nice for my hubby and kids, but running out of time!!
This sounds super tasty! Looks very similar to my recipe for Baked Apple French Toast on my site!
Thanks Lauren! I’ll have to check out your version!
My family makes an upside down apple french toast casserole that sounds just like this every Christmas morning and it is SO GOOD! I look forward to it every year. This version looks much lighter and healthier!
That sounds amazing! I hope mine stands up to those memories!
I can totally see why you’re so excited to share this recipe! It looks absolutely amazing and I’m really excited about it too!!
Thanks sonali! I hope you’ll give it a try soon!
Excellent info here, I am currently doing some research and found exactly what I was looing for. Thank you very much.
Thanks Lynda. Glad you stopped by and found what you needed.
This sounds soooo good for Fall! All those yummy Fall flavours. Drool. I love how you could make this ahead of time, would be great for Thanksgiving this weekend!
Thanks Deryn! I love breakfasts like this in the fall, but often don’t have time to make them in the morning, so the make-ahead part is key for me!
Yep my kids would love this! And so would I! Apples are my favorite part of fall! Even more than pumpkin! 😉
Mine too Laura! Hope your family enjoys this baked apple french toast sometime this fall!
We picked four pounds of apples last weekend. I had every intention of making a dessert but we’ve eaten every last one!
Wow! So much fun and way to go eating them all fresh! Guess you’ll have to go back to get some more for this and also the latest recipe I posted for an Apple Cinnamon Cake 😉
This is what I call a comfort food breakfast! Would love to wake up to this!
It definitely is! Hope you do one day 😉
I have some “day old” sourdough sitting here I was going to make bread pudding with but I think I will have to make this instead. Could even be a quick and easy brinner with our schedule this week and I’m sure the girls will love it!
OMG, that is a perfect idea Sarah! Top it with yogurt or serve with a side of scrambled eggs and you have dinner done! LMK how you like it!
This sounds fantastic…and makes me want to go apple picking! I love that you can make it ahead of time for an easy, delicious brunch item!
Thanks Whitney – the make ahead aspect is my second favorite part. First is the taste 😉
All I can say about this recipe is WOW! Can’t wait to go apple picking all the more now!
haha thanks Lorie! Hope you get some apples to make this soon!
Jessica! This looks so good. Love the apple flavor in it– can’t wait to try. Pretty pics too!
Thanks so much Julie! Let me know if you get a chance to make it!
Baked apples are so good in a breakfast casserole
You’ve got that right Deborah!
This is the ultimate fall dish. Bringing me so much comfort. I feel like your house would smell so good after baking this 🙂
The house sure does smell delish when I make this Abbey! And it’s definitely comfort food, but with healthier swaps!
This looks like the perfect way to celebrate fall flavors! YUM!
One of my favorites!
This looks delicious. I love baked apples AND French toast! What a win!
Thanks Rachel. Let me know if you give this baked apple french toast a try!
This looks so yummy! I love using fresh apples this time of year. I plan on trying out the french toast one week this Fall!
Thanks Kalee – so do I! I use them in so many dishes! Can’t wait to hear how you like the French Toast!