I’m decked out in a Halloween shirt and Halloween makeup for the day, but after today it’s all about my most favorite time of the year: CHRISTMAS!
I started early…REALLY early. My house is already decorated for Christmas. I’m recipe testing for Christmas. Even though Halloween isn’t in the rear view mirror yet, I’m ready to celebrate Christmas.
Every Christmas Day, my family has a breakfast casserole. There are two we love the most, a simple sausage and bread casserole and a biscuit and gravy casserole. I’ve experimented some with sweet breakfast bakes, but I usually go back to those two casseroles.
This weekend we tried out an apple pie French toast casserole. It was sweet but not TOO sweet, if you know what I mean. The bread was gooey on the bottom and crispy on top and the sour apples were the perfect ingredient to go along with the sweet streusel topping.
I really enjoyed this French toast bake, so we’ll see…it might make it into the Christmas Day breakfast rotation!
Pro-tip: you can assemble this casserole the night before, refrigerate it, then pop it in the oven in the morning to bake.
Apple Pie French Toast Bake
A sweet French toast breakfast casserole topped with chopped apples and a streusel topping.
For the streusel topping:
- Grease a large 9×13″ baking dish. Lay half of the chopped apples in the dish.
- Pinch off bite-size pieces of the French loaf and lay on top of the apples in the dish. Top with remaining apples.
- In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cream, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar and brown sugar. Stir until well combined. Pour over apple and bread mixture.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes. Meanwhile, make the streusel topping: in a large bowl, fork together brown sugar, cinnamon and flour. Cut in butter and mash it in until it forms a crumbly mixture.
- Remove French toast bake from oven when there is 10 minutes left remaining on the times. Top with streusel mixture and return to oven for remaining 10 minutes.
- Serve French toast bake with syrup.