Apple Pie French Toast Casserole
If you had to guess how long French Toast has been around, how long would you guess? Could you ever imagine it’s been recorded since at least the THIRD CENTURY, and possibly even the ROMAN EMPIRE? That’s THOUSANDS of years. Based on records that were discovered, the recipe used is pretty much identical to the same way conventional French toast is prepared today as well (bread in eggs and milk, fried in butter, served with honey). What’s even crazier is that they even called it “French Toast” too… just kidding. So it’s safe to say it’s about time we reimagine it.
Apple Pie French Toast Casserole is a delicious twist on two quintessential comfort food classics. This would make an incredible dessert or a super decadent brunch dish! Despite how sweet both dishes themselves are, Jeff tried to create the delicious French Toast to be a little more “neutral” so our taste testers could add the sweetness by either spooning on more apples or drizzling a little syrup on top. It’s a small switch, but using 1% milk instead of whole milk helps to reduce the calories a teeny tiny bit so you can feel less guilty indulging in it. Our recipe calls for dried cranberries, but of course raisins or even dried blueberries could be substituted. If planning to use this for a party or get together (or a celebratory birthday breakfast), Jeff recommends making this dish the night before and waiting to bake it until right before.
In case you’ve never made French Toast before, it’s actually best to use stale or day-old bread as this tends to absorb the moisture much better and prevents it from becoming too soggy when cooking. Adding Apple Pie Spice in both the apple mixture underneath and with the bread dredging helps the two halves to harmonize in a bath of sweet cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger root, and cardamom. All our taste testers couldn’t wait to dive right in!
- Grease a 9x13inch baking dish. Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large bowl, mix together brown sugar, and 1 tsp Apple Pie Spice. Add melted butter, apples, and cranberries and mix well.
- Pour mixture into baking dish, and spread evenly. Layer bread slices on top.
- Whisk eggs, milk, 2 tsp Apple Pie Seasoning, and Vanilla Extract together and pour over top the bread slices, making sure all the bread has been soaked. At this point, you can cover and refrigerate overnight, or…
- Bake covered for 40 minutes, remove cover and bake an additional 5 minutes, or until crisped on top. Let rest for 5 minutes, and serve!