This Overnight Apple French Toast Casserole has a warm, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon sauce. It is my family’s favorite breakfast recipe of all time. A generous heaping of Granny Smith apples gets coated with a light dusting of cinnamon and sugar before baking it in the oven. The perfectly, moist and sweet french bread absorbs all the eggy goodness overnight. Ohhh that sauce, that sauce, that sauce! It just makes my mouth water thinking about it.
Um, did I mention that sauce yet? Look how it just gets poured over those beautifully baked apples. The aromas from this dish are just pure punishment when you have to wait for your company to arrive. Maybe just a little nibble won’t be noticed. 🙂 Have you ever just said heck with it and ate a bite or 2? I plead the 5th on this one.
An overnight brunch recipe makes life soooo much easier in the morning when you are expecting guests and have other stuff to cook (and a few more piles of toys to hide from company still). I am still working on engineering a toy trap door that is able to suction all toys into a secret compartment not to be found by anyone. Oh well, we do what we can…clean house (uncheck), happy kiddos (check), happy tummies from french toast (check, check).
I think it is becoming alarmingly apparent that I have an unhealthy obsession with all things cakey and sweet. This is an unfortunate genetic defect that has affected my ability to eat other foods since childhood. I am happy to announce that I have successfully transitioned to a balanced diet after years of eating french toast for dinner as a child. Yes, I was a bit picky and spoiled…my mini me is following in my footsteps (headache approaching).
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- 1 large or 2 mini loaves of sweet french bread
- 6 Eggs
- 2 C. Milk any % works just fine
- 1 Tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 Tsp. Vanilla
- 1/3 C. White Sugar
- 5 Granny Smith apples; peeled and thinly sliced
- 3 Tbsp. White Sugar
- 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp. Butter; melted
- 1/2 C. Butter
- 1/3 C. Brown Sugar
- 1 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
- 2 Tsp. Vanilla
- 1/2 C. Milk
Cut french bread into even slices around 1 1/2 - 2" thick.
Place slices touching in a greased 9 x 13' baking pan.
Beat together eggs, milk, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla.
Pour egg mixture evenly over the top of the bread slices.
Add apple slices to a bowl and sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon and melted butter. Mix together and place on top of french bread.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Bake at 350 degrees for around 45-50 minutes until top of bread begins to lightly brown.
When french toast is almost done, prepare the sauce.
On Medium Heat, melt butter in a small saucepan.
Add brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla; stir until brown sugar is dissolved and begins thickening.
Add milk; continue mixing until mixture is bubbly and thickens.
Pour warm sauce on top of french toast right before serving.