Apple Cranberry French Toast Bake

by Suzanne on January 6, 2011

in Breads, Breakfast

I don’t know about you but French toast is one of my favorite breakfast foods and my family loves it too.  I think you will appreciate this easy to put together breakfast, especially when company comes for the weekend.  The recipe calls for French bread but you could use raisin bread or like I did, I used my left over stollen and it turned out so delicious. The stollen bread had cranberries in the bread so omitted the cranberries.  I’ve made this with store bought French bread and homemade French bread and now stollen.  So far the stollen was the best to use then the homemade French bread.  The nice thing about this recipe is that you assemble it the night before so all you need to do in the morning is pop it into the oven.

Apple Cranberry French Toast Bake

Loaf of french bread
1/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup brown sugar divided
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
4 T. butter divided
7 eggs
2 cups milk
1 cup cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup dried crannberries
3 tart apples like granny smith
1/4 cup flour

Step 1:  In small bowl put cranberries and orange juice together so the cranberries can get soft.
Step 2: Prepare 9 X 13 in. pan with cooking spray or grease with butter.
Step 3: Slice bread into 1 1/2 in. slices and fit slices to the pan. Peel, core and slice apples thin
Step 4: In large skillet cook apples in 2 T. butter and  1/2 cup brown sugar, spices until tender (not mushy soft) translucent, set aside to cool.
Step 5: In large bowl whisk eggs and add milk and cream. Then pour half of egg mixture over the bread.
Step 6: Mix cranberries with the apples and pour all over the top of bread.
Step 7: Cut 3 to 4 pieces of French bread into cubes or just tear them and sprinkle over the top of apple mixture.
Step 8: Pour the remainder of egg mixture over the top, cover with foil and refrigerate over night. In the morning bake with foil on at 350 degrees for 45 min.
Step 9: While it’s baking make a streusel topping by combining 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour and 2 T. of butter
when baked 45 min. take off foil and add the topping spreading out evenly and bake 10 more min. with foil off.Cool 5 to 10 min. cut into squares and serve with or without maple syrup.
Serves: 12

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1 Heidi January 6, 2011 at 3:05 am

Looks very good!

2 Suzanne January 6, 2011 at 3:27 am

thanks Heidi, it was really tasty!

3 Cassandra January 6, 2011 at 3:30 am

This looks so yummy, I LOVE French toast. I'll definitely have to try this.

4 Reeni January 6, 2011 at 5:53 am

How absolutely delicious with the leftover stollen! My Mom was just asking me about making overnight french toast – I'm inspired to make it for her now!

5 Rich January 7, 2011 at 1:44 am

You're right – that's a fantastic idea for company! It looks delicious …

6 Donnie January 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm

That ones now in my recipe file. Looks like a great one to make when I have family over for brunch.

7 Wendy January 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm

These sound and look delicious. Printed out your recipe and going to give it a try! Yum!

8 Lynn @ Loco Cocoa&#0 January 9, 2011 at 10:13 am

This looks and sounds amazing, I love french toast, oddly enough bread pudding is one of my FAV desserts, simply because it reminds me of french toast! I so wish I had some leftover stollen to make this, but may have to opt for just reg. bread!

9 Kristen January 10, 2011 at 1:43 am

Thanks for linking up to Your Recipe, My Kitchen….that "casserole" is brilliant. I love the use of a nontraditional bread/cake for the base.

10 Lisa January 10, 2011 at 4:21 am

mmm! I've had such a craving for french toast lately. I need to try this! The added fruit is such a fun twist!

11 amy January 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm

You have such a lovely blog. This recipe looks divine! Can't wait to try it.

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12 Suzanne January 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Thanks you Amy how sweet of you.

13 Choc Chip Uru March 2, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I adore French toast especially when baked – yours looks so perfectly delicious 😀

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