I love fall and all the comforting, warm flavors that come with it. This apple cinnamon french toast casserole is so reminiscent of fond memories with family and friends during the fall and holiday season.
There is just something about fall that makes it my favorite time of year. I have so many fond memories apple picking with family, the smells of the apples and cinnamon wafting through the house as my mom made her famous homemade pie. She usually only makes it twice a year, once after we go apple picking and for the holidays and it’s something I always look forward to. I used to love watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and eating a slice of that warm apple pie for breakfast. Having dessert for breakfast just feels so decadent and I love the way that food and flavors can trigger memories.
This past weekend, the temps got a little chilly. You bet I busted out my favorite chunky sweater and we hit up the apple orchard for some picking. When I came home with my bushel, I was thinking, “what am I going to make with all of these apples?” I decided to throw together this apple cinnamon french toast casserole. Now I’m not one for breakfast. Usually it’s just a cup of french roast with cream for me. But this apple cinnamon french toast casserole reminds me of my mom’s apple pie and those feelings of comfort and indulgence.
- Butter (for greasing your pan)
- 1-2 loaves of french bread cut into thick slices
- 12 eggs
- 4 1/2 cups of milk
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
- 4 apples cut into chunks
- 1/3 cup of pecans roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup of granulated sugar (for topping)
- 1 tsp of cinnamon (for topping)
- Powdered sugar (optional)
1.) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
2.) Lightly grease your casserole dish with a stick of butter. (I used my 9×13 corningware)
3.) Arrange the slices of bread into the casserole dish so that the tops are facing up.
4.) In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
5.) Pour the egg mixture over the bread into the casserole dish, being sure to soak each piece.
6.) Add the apples and pecans, pushing them down into the cracks between each slice of bread.
7.) Combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon into a small bowl and sprinkle on top.
8.) Bake in the oven uncovered for 40 minutes.
9.) Let cool before serving. I dusted some confectioners sugar on top and to make it a little more special, a dollop of whipped cream.
Enjoy! And Happy Fall!