Apple Streusel French Toast Bake

Apple Streusel French Toast Bake Recipe l

Whether you’re busy with getting kids out the door for school or just have the busyness of getting your morning routine in before heading out the door for work, it seems like mornings tend to be rushed for a lot of us. Because of all of the rushing around, a lot of time breakfasts consist of cereal, oatmeal, or other quick breakfast foods. While I’m all for those, sometimes I want “real” breakfast food. The problem is, I don’t want to take the extra time that is needed in order to prepare a bigger breakfast. Plus, my husband isn’t a big breakfast eater.

Apple Streusel French Toast Bake Recipe l

My solution? French toast bake! You can make it the night before and pop it in the oven the next morning. It’s not a “big” breakfast, so my husband can have whatever size of piece he wants and I get to enjoy “real” breakfast food! This apple streusel french toast bake is a combination of french toast and coffee cake. As if an apple french toast bake weren’t good enough, this one has a layer of streusel on top.

Apple Streusel French Toast Bake Recipe l

Most french toast bakes I have are slightly soggy and usually don’t have enough cinnamon (but then again, you know I love a lot of cinnamon!). The soggy aspect is taken care of by making sure that the top is just starting to brown and the center is puffed. The sweet cinnamon topping on this is perfect for adding cinnamon flavor without making it too intense and overpowering. And really, is streusel topping on a baked good ever bad?!

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Apple Streusel French Toast Bake
Serves: 8
For the French Toast
  • 6½ C day old french bread, cubed
  • 2½ C apples, diced
  • 5 eggs
  • ¼ C maple syrup
  • 1 C milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ginger
For the Topping
  • 4 tbsp butter, softened
  • ⅓ C brown sugar
  • ¼ C all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray an 8x8 or 9x9 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine bread and apples. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, maple syrup, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Pour over bread and apples and stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients for topping until crumbly.
  4. Pour bread mixture into prepared dish. Gently press in with a spatula. Sprinkle topping mixture over the top.
  5. If baking the next day, place in refrigerator until ready to bake. If baking immediately, bake for 40-50 minutes until topping browns and center puffs. (Center will deflate as french toast bake cools.) Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving warm with maple syrup.
  6. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

This recipe is adapted from Food for My Family.

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  1. I could seriously have this french toast every single morning!

  2. Gimme a BIG square of this [but it has to be the corner piece]

  3. Wish I had a piece of this right now!

  4. This just looks so good! I never make breakfast like this, but now that it is fall and I do is cook I am hoping this year I get too! Looks so good!

  5. Soooo wish I had a large piece of this with my coffee right now. My favorite flavors!

  6. I’m starving and this would be so good right now!

  7. Yum!! This looks fabulous. Totally agree–baked french toast is such a perfect breakfast, especially for a crowd. It saves so much time! I need to make this for an upcoming fun brunch with family and friends. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

  8. I adore make ahead breakfasts! Also, your nail polish color. Gorgeous!

  9. I am all about the streusel top. That’s totally what’s missing in my other french toast casserole recipes!

  10. That streusel is calling my name… I’d be able to eat the whole bake right now, it looks so darn awesome! x

  11. I hate soggy French so this is totally looking amazing to me!!! I love the streusel topping!

  12. Baked French toast is the BEST! This is perfect for fall! Also, loving your nail color….what brand/color is it?

  13. Wow, wow, wow. I love French toast bakes, but the apple streusel makes this one amazing!

  14. This sounds ridiculously yummy! And all that streusel… ugh. I really want to make this tomorrow. Or really soon!

  15. A combination of french toast and coffee cake?? Sounds amazing! Plus, anything with apple has me hooked right now!

  16. Ahhh, can this be my breakfast every morning!? LOVE this!!

  17. Oh man this looks good. Next time you have to invite me over.

  18. Love this Jessica! I could eat this every morning :)

  19. This is such a good breakfast idea! How wonderful would it be to wake up to this?

  20. Whaaaat! Heaven is what this is!

  21. I would love to wake up to this lovely breakfast. YUM!

  22. oh i definitely want to try this soon! we just went to the apple orchard today so perfect timing :)

  23. That french toast looks absolutely heavenly. The epitome of fall breakfast!

  24. Looks delicious for a nice fall morning breakfast! Deb @ Kneaded Creations

  25. Oh my goodness, this is seriously calling my name!! Love that streusel topping!!

  26. Yummy! And perfect for a guest breakfast , holiday breakfast or brunch!

  27. Ruth Yarbrough says:

    This is awesome! I enjoyed it leftover too..

  28. Oh my goodness!!! I made this last night to bake for breakfast today! I did not have French bread, I was looking for a way to use some fantastic cranberry walnut bread that we had used to make turkey paninis earlier this week. I was thrilled with the results. The house smelled amazing while baking this morning ( I was on the treadmill working hard at justifying what I was going to eat for breakfast). We loved it! I will be used for a family brunch in the near future! Thanks for the recipe

  29. Love Baked French Toast Jessica! This looks ah-mazing!!

  30. Dear Jessica, this looks absolutely wonderful. A perfect comforting fall treat. I can’t wait to give it a go. Pinning . xo, Catherine

  31. If it were acceptable I would eat this every morning and double the streusel, because we all know there can never be too much streusel! Love!

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