This decadent and rich French toast casserole is a big hit at my Christmas breakfast each year. It's a big recipe because I'm always serving a crowd but it's easily scaled down for smaller portions. The tart apples are a beautiful balance with the deliciously sweet praline topping. I've been working on this recipe for a few years and finally got it perfect! Enjoy! Serve with warm maple syrup.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
55 mins
8 hrs 15 mins
9 hrs 30 mins
1 11x18-inch casserole


Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
Praline Topping:


Instructions Checklist
  • Butter an 11x18-inch casserole dish and layer with 1/2 of the bread slices, covering the bottom completely.

  • Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and salt and stir to combine. Add apple slices and cook until crisp-tender, soft but still maintaining their shape, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.

  • Spread cooled apple mixture over bread layer in the pan. Top apple mixture with remaining bread slices, overlapping if necessary for good coverage.

  • Whisk eggs, half-and-half, heavy cream, vanilla extract, remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a large bowl. Pour over casserole, making sure to cover the bread evenly with the egg mixture. Cover with foil and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Combine melted butter, brown sugar, pecans, corn syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl. Spread topping evenly over the casserole.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until puffed and lightly golden, 40 to 45 minutes. Check halfway through cooking time and cover with foil if the bread is browning too quickly. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

569 calories; protein 9.6g; carbohydrates 51.4g; fat 37.4g; cholesterol 190.1mg; sodium 476.4mg. Full Nutrition