Apple Fritter French Toast Casserole

The original French Toast Casserole recipe came to me from one of my old jobs. My manager at the time had brought a whole pan in, as well as several copies of the recipe. As soon as I tasted it, I was hooked! I thought, this must have been a hassle to make. Turns out, this recipe simplified french toast so much that I have made it on countless occasions.

I love french toast a lot.

I mean, who wouldn’t? 🙂

Normally when I go out to breakfast, I usually order whatever sort of french toast they are selling. I don’t go for the eggs, pancakes, or the waffles.


French toast is a pain to make. You gotta mix everything together and make sure the bread is soaked through. Then you’ve got to stick it on the griddle until its cooked juuuust right. You can’t rush this process because you’ll end up with a burnt outside and a raw, gooey inside. So this means on medium low heat, one or two at a time.

This girl ain’t got time for any of that! I just woke up, my coffee is getting cold and I’m waiting around for this darn piece of bread to cook through.

Well not anymore!

Just cube your bread, pour the egg mix over the top, let it sit for a bit and bake it.

For best results (and the best part), make this at night and let it soak overnight. That way you can just bake it in the morning! Or, if you do what I am known to do; just do everything the night before, have breakfast for dinner, and then “dinner” leftovers for breakfast. Personally, I think this is the best tactic. 🙂

This recipe is great if you are cooking for several people. I find that one tray can usually yield about 6 servings. If you have multiple people over, this recipe is easily doubled and it takes almost the same amount of time to make. 

You know what other time this casserole is good? On holidays! Now you can be with your friends and family while you’re waiting for the break to soak and/or cook. No more needing to miss out on precious time with your loved ones.

Now I have tried this casserole with a few different types of bread. Cinnamon bread and cinnamon raisin bread came out good. Cranberry bread came out better. Apple fritter bread for french toast casserole, however, takes the cake. I even modified the original recipe for the apple fritter bread. Personally, I used a loaf of store-bought apple fritter bread, but feel free to make your own as well!

I have also tried this recipe with gluten free bread that I had made. The casserole came out alright, but the egg mix didn’t soak in as well. So do note that it can work with gluten free bread, just make sure the bread isn’t too dry or it won’t soak up enough of the egg mix.

Did you try the recipe? Have you ever made this recipe (or french toast in general) with different bread? Let me know in the comments below!



Apple Fritter French Toast Casserole

  • Yield About 12 pieces
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Goods you need

  • 1 loaf apple fritter bread
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • dash of nutmeg
  • dash of allspice
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon, plus extra to taste
  • 1 medium apple
  • powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

Let's get to it!

  1. Spray a 9"x13" cake pan with cooking spray. Cut bread into half inch cubes and place them in the pan. Peel and finely chop apple.

  2. Mix all other ingredients until thoroughly combined. Spread chopped apples over bread, then pour over egg mixture, distributing over the bread as evenly as possible. Sprinkle extra cinnamon on top.

  3. Cover and place in the refrigerator. Soak overnight, or at least for a hour.

  4. Before bread is done soaking, heat oven to 350°F. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the middle is cooked.

  5. Allow to cool slightly. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

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