Wow, I don’t even know where to start with this french toast…
It was inspired by my Pumpkin French Toast Bake.
It is perfect for fall.
It is INSANELY delicious – crispy, tender, gooey, satisfying.
It’s packed with cinnamon-sugar apples.
It requires just 7 ingredients.
It can be made in 1 morning – no overnight soaking involved.
That was a mouthful but seriously, you NEED this french toast in your life!
It starts with day old wheat bread cut into cubes and left out to dry. Use my recipe for 7 ingredient wheat bread for a from-scratch experience. Otherwise, any crusty bread will do.
Next, two tart and two sweet apples for a nice sweet-tart balance.
Now we soak, just as long as it takes to saute the apples. That’s plenty of time to let the bread cubes get all marinated in eggy goodness.
The apples are so simple! Just suate with a little butter, cinnamon and brown sugar until tender. That’s it. I could’ve eaten this whole pan, no lie.
Oh man, look how delicious and eggy and crusty and apple-stuffed this french toast is! Does it get any better for a healthy fall breakfast?
Bring on the syrup, PLEASE.
This french toast bake is literally the fall breakfast of my dreams.
It’s loaded with cinnamon + apples.
It feeds a crowd.
It’s tender in the inside,
crusty on the outside,
and perfect topped with more apples and maple syrup.
I think I died and went to heaven devouring my slice.
I think you get the point. MAKE THIS FRENCH TOAST! It has my food blogger guaranteed stamp of approval on it. If you don’t like it, you’re crazy. It’s as simple as that. Happy fall everybody!
- 6-8 cups day old whole grain bread, cubed*
- 7 large eggs
- 2 cups milk (I used lightly sweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon, divided
- 4 apples, cored, peeled and sliced into wedges*
- 2 Tbsp butter (I used Earth Balance)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, divided
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9×13 baking pan.
- Add bread cubes to the baking pan – enough to generously cover the bottom and up about 1.5 inches. You don’t want to see any bare spots on the pan, but you also don’t want there to be bread overflowing out of the dish.
- In a mixing bowl whisk the eggs, milk, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Pour over the bread and use your hands or the back of a wooden spoon to push the bread down to soak up the liquid. If you end up having too much bread after pouring on the liquid, just pick a few out. Alternatively, if you have too much liquid, add more bread cubes. (see photo)
- To a large skillet over medium-low heat, add the apples and 2 Tbsp butter. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp cinnamon, stir and cover to steam for a bit. When they start to get tender – about 4-5 minutes – remove cover and sprinkle with 2-3 Tbsp brown sugar (this will depend on preference and whether you used sweet or tart apples). Continue cooking with cover off until tender and slightly caramelized. You don’t want them to get mushy so be careful not to keep the cover on for too long. Remove from heat to cool slightly.
- Check the bread to make sure all pieces are getting well soaked. If any cubes are dry on top, flip them over with your hands to ensure all pieces are wet. Sprinkle top with remaining brown sugar – about 1/4 cup.
- Next spoon 3/4 of the apples over the top of the bread and push them down into the cracks with your fingers. If a few slices are sitting on top, that’s OK (see photo).
- Bake on a center rack for 45 minutes to 1 hour. You’ll know when it’s done because the bread and apples will be golden brown and the egg mixture will no longer be wet. Stick a fork down in the center to check – if it’s still jiggly or wet, bake for another 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and serve immediately. Top each slice with any remaining sautéed apples and maple syrup. Store leftovers in a covered container in the fridge for up to a couple days and reheat in the microwave; though this dish is best when fresh.
*I used two tart and two sweet apples for a good mix of sweet and tart.
*Try gluten free bread to keep this recipe gluten free, though I didn’t try it myself and can’t guarantee the results.