I received this recipe from a coworker and made it for Easter brunch this year. It was easy to assemble and tasted fantastic. It was an instant hit with my family! I modified the original recipe, using low-fat egg/dairy products.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
4 hrs 5 mins
total:
5 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Spray a 9x13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.

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  • Mix brown sugar, butter, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in the bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Add apples, cranberries, and pecans; toss to coat. Evenly spread apple mixture to cover bottom of dish.

  • Arrange bread slices atop apple mixture, overlapping slightly until apple layer is completely covered.

  • Whisk egg substitute, skim milk, vanilla extract, and 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a bowl; evenly pour over bread slices. Cover dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate 4 to 24 hours.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Bake the covered casserole dish in the preheated oven for 40 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and continue baking until lightly browned and egg mixture is set, about 5 more minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Note:

If you use sweeter apples, you'll want to decrease the amount of brown sugar.

Nutrition Facts

537 calories; protein 15.4g 31% DV; carbohydrates 87g 28% DV; fat 15.5g 24% DV; cholesterol 16.4mg 6% DV; sodium 696.6mg 28% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/12/2013
I prefer to use unprocessed foods, so I used 6 fresh eggs in place of the 1 1/2 cups of egg substitute. Also, because my apples were large, I only used two Granny Smiths, and I’m glad I did because they do exude a lot of liquid which does not get absorbed into the bread. My baking time was a little longer but that may be because of my oven. The end result was a tasty breakfast. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/12/2016
If you like bread pudding then this recipe is for you. There is nothing french toast about this recipe and the name should be Baked Cinnamon Apple bread pudding. My family does not like bread pudding and I will not be making this again. Read More
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31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 0
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
04/12/2013
I prefer to use unprocessed foods, so I used 6 fresh eggs in place of the 1 1/2 cups of egg substitute. Also, because my apples were large, I only used two Granny Smiths, and I’m glad I did because they do exude a lot of liquid which does not get absorbed into the bread. My baking time was a little longer but that may be because of my oven. The end result was a tasty breakfast. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2014
Ok------I was lazy and really did not want to peel and core apples, this recipe looked so good I had to try it but I put my spin on it. I used a can of com stock apple pie filling, because it's already sweet I only used a tablespoon of brown sugar, I put the apple pie filling, pecans, dried cranberrys, and butter in a bowl and mixed them, then I poured this into the prepared 13x9 pan. I never have egg substitute on hand so I used another reviewers suggestion and used 6 large eggs, milk and cinnamon. Mixed eggs with other ingredients and poured it over day old Italian bread that I bought and put in fridge to "dry" out a bit, then I followed the directions as written. This is beyond good !! I love that you make it a head of time and let it sit over night, with my family's busy schedule it was a nice treat for my husband to wake up to the great smell of this French toast bake. Thank you for sharing !!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2014
Made a few tweaks...used Almond Milk instead of milk. Used Earth Balance spread instead of butter. Used 1/4 cup less sugar. Delicious! Made this for Easter brunch, big hit! Will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2015
Delicious recipe just as written, although I changed a few things to make it dairy free due to allergies, and to use fresh eggs. Used almond milk, dairy-free "butter," and 6 eggs, otherwise everything just as written, and it was scrumptious! Assembled the night before and served with scrambled eggs, bacon and fresh fruit for a complete and easy brunch for guests. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/12/2016
If you like bread pudding then this recipe is for you. There is nothing french toast about this recipe and the name should be Baked Cinnamon Apple bread pudding. My family does not like bread pudding and I will not be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2016
This is a good starting recipe, but I think could use some revisions to make it fantastic! I used 6 real eggs in place of egg substitute, otherwise I made this exactly as written. Next time, I would increase the pecans to a full cup - I didn't really get as much of the flavor or crunch that I wanted with a half cup. I also recommend making the night before, and flipping the bread once several hours before you plan to cook. This helps make sure the liquid component is fully absorbed. I had some sections of bread that were completely untouched by the egg mixture when I didn't flip. Lastly, I will plan to add some sort of simple brown sugar syrup over the top of the dish next time. As is, my husband still wanted maple syrup on top. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2014
... Also, I found the bread a bit soggy after having it sit for 5 mins. It was less soggy after about 15mins, but it wasn't as warm. Next time, I will make the french toast the traditional way using this egg/milk mixture from this recipe, make the fruit/nut topping separately and just scoop it onto the made french toast. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2016
I followed the suggestions to use fresh eggs instead of an egg substitute, and I used 8 eggs instead of 6 to make sure all the bread was covered. It worked beautifully. I also used only two large Granny Smith apples. This was a Christmas morning hit with my family! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2015
Simply fantastic! Read More
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