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Apple Texas French Toast Bake

French toast is always a winner, but how about one that’s baked with thick Texas Toast bread?  Then combine it with chunks of apples and pure apple butter?  Out of this world deliciousness.

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Is it possible to take an already very good thing and make it even better?

When it comes to food, it’s a resounding yes.

Case in point:  This pin-popular Texas French Toast Bake we shared 2 years ago.  Since then, eaters have declared it a stalwart standout.  It will always remain one of my favorite crowd-friendly French toast casseroles.

But it’s fall and our kitchen is teeming with apples.  So we made it our toasty mission to apple-fy our breakfast…

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Brilliant, golden deliciousness has arrived.

Half the milk is replaced with pure apple butter.  The apple butter provides a fantastic apple depth to the flavor.

Each bite rewards you with chopped apple pieces, cooked to tender perfection.

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Said apples are hugged on top and bottom by layers of soft and tender Texas Toast bread.

Here would be a good place to note:  Use only fresh loaves of Texas Toast bread, located in the bread aisle of major grocery stores.  Here’s a pic of the specific bread I used.  Do not try to sub with regular bread or other kinds of bread.

[Of course, any kind of frozen bread = no.]

Results cannot be guaranteed unless a loaf of fresh, thick Texas Toast Bread is used.

Done with the bread chalk talk. 🙂

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Cinnamon and brown sugar are laced into this Apple Texas French Toast Bake, giving it just the right amount of sweetness mixed with the smell of fall spices.

Real maple syrup and powdered sugar are perfect toppings.  Optional for some, maybe.  A requirement for others.

We never say no to maple syrup around here.

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As always, the crowning glory of such recipes as these is that they can be prepared the night before.

I really said that.  Prepared the night before.  No waking up early to assemble anything.

In fact, it’s essential for the thick Texas Toast bread to sit in the delicious custard all night.  It helps the bread to soak up all the goodness.

So go ahead — sleep in, pop this casserole into the oven when you wake up, and relish your morning.

Apple Texas French Toast Bake

4 from 9 ratings
This Apple Texas French Toast Bake is the quintessential fall treat! Infused with cinnamon, apple butter, and chunks of apples, it will be the hit of any brunch gathering. Prep the night before and allow it time to chill overnight. Be sure to use an entire fresh loaf of Texas Toast Bread, found in most grocer's bread aisles.
Servings: 8 -10

Ingredients  

  • ½ cup melted salted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 whole loaf, approx 1 lb., 12 oz fresh Texas Toast bread (not frozen. Don't use other breads.)
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup apple butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled and diced
  • 2 TB light brown sugar, mixed with 3 tsp cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar for sprinkling
  • Maple syrup for serving

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine melted butter and brown sugar and stir until well combined. Grease a 9x13 pan on bottom and sides. Pour butter mixture into the pan, spreading mixture evenly.
  • In a bowl, beat together eggs, milk, apple butter, and vanilla until incorporated. Set aside.
  • Layer a single layer of Texas toast bread in the pan, cutting pieces to fit as needed. Slowly and evenly distribute 1 cup of the egg mixture over the bread, spreading with a rubber spatula to ensure even soaking. Sprinkle with half of the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture evenly. Distribute diced apples evenly over the top. Repeat with second layer of bread, egg mixture (take care to spread evenly onto every piece of bread) and remaining brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Cover tightly and chill overnight in fridge.
  • Preheat oven to 350F with rack on lower middle position. Bake covered for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake another 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Let sit at room temp for 10 minutes or so. When serving, be sure to scrape up all the bottom's sticky goodness along with each slice of French toast. Serve with powdered sugar and maple syrup while warm.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: breakfast

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8 comments

    • Megan
    • 4 stars

    I didn’t prefer this French toast bake. It is too sweet for me. It did have a good apple (cider) taste, but there was just too much sweetness for me. My husband liked it, but my pre-schooler did not. It was very easy to make though and I loved making it the night before and just baking in the morning.

      • chewoutloud

      Sounds great, Megan!

    • Lori
    • 5 stars

    I have made this recipe several times for large family breakfasts. It is always a huge hit. I pair it with a savory dish since it is very sweet.

      • chewoutloud

      SO happy you guys enjoy this dish, Lori! 🙂

    • Kathy Biallas
    • 5 stars

    I’ve been making this on Christmas morning for several years now, and I have to thank you for such a delicious “special” breakfast. Because of food allergies to barley, we cannot use French bread, but we use whole-wheat bread, and this always turns out deliciously. It’s a hearty meal that smells fabulous while baking. Definitely a winner!

      • chewoutloud

      SO happy to hear that, Kathy! Thanks for letting us know 🙂 🙂

    • Thalia @ butter and brioche
    • 5 stars

    I have never seen a french toast bake stuffed with apples before! What a delicious recipe and one I must recreate. Craving a slice of this right now. Pinned!

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Thalia! 🙂

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