I’ve recently fallen in love with baked french toast. It is such an easy weeknight dinner and all but one member of my family love it, as in eat 3 helpings, love it. With it being apple season and all I decided to make a caramel apple version. It’s fantastic. You and your family are going to love this Caramel Apple Baked French Toast.
Not only is this a great and easy weeknight dinner, its perfect to serve at a brunch baby shower or wedding shower.
I like make it “healthier” and more filling by using whole wheat bread. It still tastes awesome, but if you want to stay true to the “french” toast part of the recipe, use french bread.
Depending on what your family likes or how far you need the french toast bake to stretch, you can serve it with a side of fruit or a side of Crust-less Quiche or some heat and serve sausage links.
Or, if you prefer you can totally get away with this being the only thing on the menu. The protein and fiber from the whole wheat bread combined with the protein from the milk and eggs and the apple pieces can pass this off as a balanced meal.
Once you have your broken bread pieces in the greased 9×13 pan, you mix up the egg/milk/sugar mixture and pour it over the bread.
Next you dice up your apple and sprinkle it evenly over the bread/egg mixture.
Last step is to make the yummy streusel crumble that goes on top. You can choose to bake it immediately or let it set for an hour, or a few hours or even over night.
(If you plan to let it sit over night, I suggest adding the apple and streusel right before baking. You can make the streusel a head of time, but to keep it from turning brown I would dice the apple right before baking it.)
It looks so pretty and taste so amazing.
When it comes out of the oven serve it warm with some delicious caramel syrup. The recipe is included or you can try my Brown Sugar Buttermilk Syrup which is also amazing.
The caramel syrup really takes this delicious dish over the top. I promise you will not be disappointing. Caramel Apple French Toast is a the perfect make ahead recipe for your Christmas morning.
- 1 loaf of bread, I use whole wheat, but you can use whatever you want. French bread would be keeping a little more true to "French Toast" but I find the healthier bread still tastes just as good!
- 8 eggs
- 2½ cups milk
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 large apple, I prefer red delicious or granny smith
- For the topping: ½ cup flour
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup cold butter, cut into slices
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- dash of salt
- For the syrup: ½ cup buttermilk or heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup butter
- 1 tbsp corn syrup
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray
- Break loaf of bread into bite-size pieces and put them in the greased 9x13 pan, set aside
- In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together eggs, milk, ½ cup granulated sugar, ½ cup brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk until mixture is well combined. Pour combined mixture over broken bread pieces.
- Cut the apple into small bitesize pieces and sprinkle it evenly over the bread, egg mixture.
- In a small bowl combine ½ cup flour, ½ cup brown sugar, tsp of cinnamon, dash of salt and ½ cup of butter, cut into pieces. Using your hand pinch and squish ingredients until it becomes a nice crumble mixture. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the apples.
- Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes. If you like your french toast a little soft like bread pudding do 45 minutes. If you like it a little more well done, cook it the full hour (this is the way I prefer it)
- While it cooks make the caramel syrup by combining ½ cup butter milk or heavy cream, 1 cup granulated sugar, ½ cup butter, 1 tbsp corn syrup and ½ tsp baking soda in a medium size sauce pan. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring fairly constantly, for 5-7 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken to a syrup like consistency. (the syrup will be foamy while you are cooking it, that is why you need to put it in a medium size (2 qt) sauce pan so it won't go over the edge.