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Overnight Apple Streusel French Toast Casserole

Michigan Apple Committee posted on August 31, 2018 |

It's that time of year when the hustle and bustle of the school year begins and we try get back into school mode. If you're a parent of school-age children, you likely know what I mean. This year I will be shuffling all three of my children to school five days each week. That’s a lot of shuffling!

So when it comes to morning routines, I will do anything to save time in the morning. Besides picking out clothes the night before and packing lunches, I will often prep breakfast ahead of time.

That’s when make-ahead recipes like this Overnight Apple Streusel French Toast Casserole come in handy. I will typically make this over the weekend and just reheat it in the morning for a delicious warm breakfast. Of course, this casserole would also be the perfect dish to serve for a holiday brunch as well.

The addition of cubed apples in this recipe is the perfect addition to the French toast casserole. I love adding Michigan apples to tons of baked recipes since they complement just about any dish quite nicely. Here are a few of my other favorite baked apple dishes: Rhubarb Apple Cinnamon Muffins, Baked Apple Cinnamon Dumplings, and these Apple and Cranberry Scones. Now time to get baking!

Overnight Apple Streusel French Toast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf sourdough bread, cut into cubes

  • 8 eggs

  • 3 cups skim milk

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups Michigan apples, chopped

  • Streusel topping

  • 1/4 tablespoons cold butter

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • Optional toppings: pecans, powdered sugar, whipped topping, maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Spray a 9 x 13 in pan with non-stick cooking spray. Add bread cubes to pan.

  2. In a bowl mix together eggs, milk, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

  3. Pour mixture over breadcrumbs in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 8 hours.

  4. When ready to assemble, pour bread mixture into pan. Top with cubed apples.

  5. To make streusel topping combine butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Mix together with your hands or a pastry blender until you have a crumbly mixture.

  6. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes, then remove from oven and evenly add streusel topping to top of apples. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.

  7. Serve with desired toppings.

Kristy Hegner, MPH, RDN is a nutrition and food blogger at Chocolate Slopes. Kristy received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Michigan State University and her Master of Public Health degree from Wayne State University. At Chocolate Slopes you’ll find healthy (along with some indulgent) recipes, realistic nutrition tips and the motto “everything in moderation.”

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