Apple Crisp French Toast Casserole is a yummy french toast smothered in buttery apples and crumbly crisp topping. Make it the night before or same day.
Sometimes I sit around and daydream about food. This fall I was dreaming about apples and French toast. At some point the idea of Apple Crisp mashed up with French Toast Casserole drifted into my head and I knew I HAD to give it a try.
Well I did, and it was sensational… This time of year French Toast Casserole is the perfect answer to company breakfasts for the holidays or just something fun with your family. I love to serve something that tastes amazing but was not much work to make. This is my answer to that!
You can simply assemble it and bake it or if you like you can assemble it the night before and then cook it the next morning. Instructions for both methods are included in the recipe. Enjoy!
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- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. corn syrup
- 1 pound bread, French, challah, or croissants
- 8 large eggs
- 1¼ cups milk
- 1¼ cups cream
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 3 apples
- 3 Tbsp. butter
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- ⅔ cup butter melted
- 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice, optional
- In a small saucepan cook the butter, brown sugar and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring frequently, until smooth and tawny. Pour the mixture in an even layer into a 12"x 8" baking dish. (If you use a different size casserole pan make sure to adjust the cooking time.)
- Tear or cut the bread into cubes about 1" in size . Put the bread into your casserole pan in an even layer.
- In a medium-large measuring cup with a spout whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, vanilla, and salt until combined well. Pour evenly over the bread.
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Peel the apples, quarter them and remove the cores. Cut each quarter into five slices. Put apples in a large nonstick skillet on medium-heat with the 3 Tbsp. butter and the ½ tsp. cinnamon. When the apples start to sizzle stir and then cover with a lid. Cook for three minutes stirring once. Remove the lid and add the 3 Tbsp. brown sugar. Stir to coat, then spoon the apples /sauce over the casserole. (You can start making the topping while this cooks.)
- In a medium bowl, combine the ingredients for the crisp topping. Use your hands to scatter the topping over the casserole.
- Bake casserole, uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed and the top has browned 40 - 50 minutes. At 40 minutes the casserole will be 160F when checked with an internal thermometer and the French toast will have a softer texture. At 50 minutes the casserole is a bit firmer. Doneness is personal preference.
- Serve hot casserole with, butter, favorite syrup or whipped cream as desired.
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