Maple Apple Cinnamon Baked French Toast
Recipe by Chef Heidi Fink
Heidi Fink

Maple Apple Cinnamon Baked French Toast

  • Prep time 30 mins
  • Cook time 45 mins
  • Ready in 1 hour 15 mins
  • Yield Serves 8 to 12

This is a great recipe for a big holiday breakfast. The casserole is assembled the night before and allowed to rest in the fridge. It bakes up first thing in the morning into a tender apple-infused french toast bread pudding!


  • Apples:
  • Bread:
  • Custard:
  • Topping:


  1. Prepare apples: peel, core and slice thinly.
  2. Add butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt to a large skillet. Heat over high heat. When this mixture is melted and bubbly, add the apples, stirring to coat well.
  3. Cook over high heat, or medium high heat, stirring frequently, until apples have softened and absorbed the cinnamon-syrup mixture and most of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat and scrape into a bowl.
  4. Bread: Grease a large baking dish (e.g. 9 x 13). Place slices of bread flat to cover the bottom of the baking dish, cutting some in half, if necessary. Cover evenly with half of the apple mixture. Cover with more bread slices, layed flat. Cover these bread slices with the remaining apple mixture, being sure to scrape all the syrup, too. Cover again with a layer of bread slices.
  5. Custard: In a large measuring cup, whisk eggs, cream, vanilla, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt, until eggs are broken up and mixture is smooth.
  6. Pour this custard evenly over bread-apple layers in the pan. Gently press down on the top layer. Cover tightly and place in the fridge overnight.
  7. The next morning, preheat oven to 350 F. Remove pan from fridge and uncover.
  8. Topping: in a small bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle this topping evenly over the uncovered French toast casserole.
  9. Place in oven and bake for about 45 minutes, or until puffed and set, and top is golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before serving. Serve wth additional maple syrup, if desired.

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Reviews on "Maple Apple Cinnamon Baked French Toast" (7)

  1. December 23, 2023
    I love making pies with Honey Crisps and granny smith's tend to be more expensive. Question, can you suggest other type of apples that will hold up texture and not go soupy when cooked, as like this recipe.
    • December 23, 2023
      Hi there, most apples will work in this recipe, I have used Pink Lady and Golden Delicious. I'll bet Honey Crisp would be delicious!
      • December 24, 2023
        Thanks! Going to prepare it tonight for tomorrow, Christmas morning and I am sure it will be made over and over again despite the festive intent of making it. I enjoy your cooking show and pairings of beverages.
  2. December 24, 2023
    Q: with the brown sugar shortage on Vancouver Island right now.... I have golden brown sugar but not demerara (my prefered brown sugar). Does it matter flavor wise or caramelizing which one is used?
    • January 1, 2024
      No, by the time you caramelize it, it will taste delicious
  3. December 31, 2023
    I am making a smaller version of this breakfast beauty for my husband and I to have New Year's Morning. 8x10 baking dish, brioche bread slices, and all of the apples, caramel and custard. Sitting in the fridge overnight and I can't wait to make it in the morning. Will keep you posted as to how lovely it tastes. Thanks Heidi for your inspirations. Love your show!
    • January 1, 2024
      sounds incredible! Can't wait to hear how it turns out!

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