Caramel Apple Cinnamon Streusel French Toast Casserole

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Streusel French Toast Casserole – An EASY recipe with a make-ahead overnight option so it’s perfect for weekend or holiday brunches!! Soft bread, juicy apples, and buttery streusel topping is pure DECADENT comfort food!!

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Streusel French Toast Casserole - An EASY recipe with a make-ahead overnight option so it's perfect for weekend or holiday brunches!! Soft bread, juicy apples, and buttery streusel topping is pure DECADENT comfort food!!

How Does The Caramel Apple Cinnamon Streusel French Toast Casserole Taste?

In a word: amazing.

It’s decadent, beavy, comfort food and you may want to return right back to bed and take a nap after diving into a plate of this. No shame folks.

The bread is soft and tender, the apples add juiciness and texture, while the streusel topping adds extra flavor. Those buttery, cinnamon-sugary little streusel nuggets pair so well with the apples. I couldn’t stop eating them. 

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Streusel French Toast Casserole - An EASY recipe with a make-ahead overnight option so it's perfect for weekend or holiday brunches!! Soft bread, juicy apples, and buttery streusel topping is pure DECADENT comfort food!!

How To Make The (Overnight) French Toast

This is such an easy recipe for French toast that you’ll never want to make it another way. You can prep it an hour before you want to bake it or you can prep it the night before.

It’s a perfect recipe for a weekend brunch or holiday gathering because it feeds a crowd, tastes decadent and complicated, but in reality is so easy.

To a casserole dish, add cubed French bread and diced apples.

Mix together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and drizzle that mixture over the bread and apples. 

Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour, or up to 12 hours overnight, before you bake for 20 minutes.

Midway through baking, add a simple cinnamon streusel my mixing together flour, white and brown sugars, cinnamon, and drizzling in butter.

Crumble that over the French toast, bake for another 20 minutes, drizzle with caramel or salted caramel sauce, and get ready to taste some very heavenly French toast.

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Streusel French Toast Casserole - An EASY recipe with a make-ahead overnight option so it's perfect for weekend or holiday brunches!! Soft bread, juicy apples, and buttery streusel topping is pure DECADENT comfort food!!

Bread Tips

Do not use regular bread from an average loaf of bread. It’s too thin, not hearty enough, and will disintegrate.

I used day old French bread but even my day old bread was still very soft and tender and that’s okay in this recipe.

Make sure you cut your bread into cubes about 1 to 1 1/2-inches. It’s okay if they look a little big at first. Remember they will appear to ‘shrink’ as they absorb the liquid mixture. Cubes that are initially too small tend to turn mushy and disintegrate.

What Kind Of Apples To Use

I used two large Gala apples that I didn’t even bother to peel (because I am lazy). But by all means, peel away if desired.

Use your favorite kind of firmer apple such as Fuji, Braeburn, or Honeycrisp.

I would shy away from Red Delicious or softer apples because they’re too soft for baking and can turn mushy.

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Streusel French Toast Casserole - An EASY recipe with a make-ahead overnight option so it's perfect for weekend or holiday brunches!! Soft bread, juicy apples, and buttery streusel topping is pure DECADENT comfort food!!

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Streusel French Toast Casserole

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Streusel French Toast Casserole

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Streusel French Toast Casserole - An EASY recipe with a make-ahead overnight option so it's perfect for weekend or holiday brunches!! Soft bread, juicy apples, and buttery streusel topping is pure DECADENT comfort food!!

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes

Ingredients

French Toast

  • 1 pound French bread, diced in 1 to 1 1/2-inch cubes (I used day old)
  • 3 cups apples, diced small (I used unpeeled Gala, you can peel if desired and use another variety of apple if desired)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I prefer 2% or whole)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

Streusel

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus 1 to 2 tablespoons more if needed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup caramel or salted caramel sauce, optional but recommended for serving
  • maple syrup, optional for serving (not needed if using caramel)

Instructions

  1. French Toast - Spray a 9x13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray, add the bread pieces, apples, and toss with your hands to mix; set aside.
  2. To a large bowl, add the eggs, and lightly beat to break the yolks and combine.
  3. Add the milk, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, salt, and whisk to combine.
  4. Evenly drizzle the liquid mixture over the bread and apples.
  5. Cover pan, and place it in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or up to 12 hours overnight.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F and remove pan from the fridge while oven is preheating.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes and while French toast ist baking, prepare the streusel topping.
  8. Streusel - To a medium bowl, add 3/4 cup flour, sugars, cinnamon, salt, and stir with fork to combine.
  9. Drizzle in the melted butter and mix and fluff very lightly with a fork to combine until small marbles and pebbles form. You are not ‘stirring’, you are fluffing lightly and gently. If the dough is very wet and is not fluffing into small pebbles and marbles, add 1 to 2 additional tablespoons of flour; set aside until the French toast has baked for 20 minutes.
  10. Pull the casserole dish from the oven, evenly sprinkle with the streusel, return to oven, and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until lightly golden browned on top.
  11. Optionally but recommended, before serving, evenly drizzle caramel sauce or salted caramel sauce over the top, and/or lightly drizzle maple syrup, and serve immediately. Recipe is best warm and fresh.

French Toast adapted from Overnight Caramel French Toast Casserole. Streusel adapted from Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake.

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3 comments on “Caramel Apple Cinnamon Streusel French Toast Casserole”

  1. I JUST got back from the store and am kicking myself I didn’t see this sooner (I would have picked up french bread), because I have a TON of orchard apples I need to use up. :) That said – just a note that the link for the French Toast Muffins is missing (the Bagel French Toast title, description and link appears twice, instead). :) I may have to go searching for that Muffin recipe.

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