Overnight Apple French Toast Bake is made with sweetened apples, brioche bread, and an egg mixture flavored with maple syrup, topped with pecans, and drizzled with a cream cheese glaze. If you are just looking for French toast, this French Toast recipe is the best!

Piece of Overnight Apple French Toast Bake on a White Plate

Overnight Apple French Toast Bake

This apple french toast bake is a perfect recipe to share with guests. It is a cross between an egg bake, apple pie filling, French toast, and bread pudding. The egg mixture is flavored with maple syrup that complements the filling. Pecans can be added to the dish for crunch and more flavor. And finally, a cream cheese glaze is literally the icing on the bake.

Pouring Liquid over Bread for Overnight Apple French Toast Bake

French Toast Bake Ingredients

There are four parts to this recipe–the French toast filling, the egg mixture, chopped pecans, and cream cheese glaze.

Apples: I recommend granny smith apples in this recipe. They hold up well when baked. A few other options you could try would be Honeycrisp apples, Braeburn, or Pink Lady apples.

Bread: I chose to use brioche, a French bread, in this recipe. It is somewhat of a pastry and bread combo that tasted amazing in this recipe! You could also use another sweet bread like Hawaiian bread or even French bread.

Pecans: If you do not want to add nuts, simply leave them out of the recipe. 

Glaze: When making the glaze, make sure the butter, cream cheese, and milk are all at room temperature. Cold ingredients will cause the glaze to clump and separate and not be as smooth.

Pouring Glaze over Overnight Apple French Toast Bake

Do I Have to Refrigerate this Overnight?

For the best results, I recommend letting the apple french toast bake chill in the refrigerator overnight. This gives the egg mixture plenty of time to soak into the bread. However, you could get away with baking this after the dish has been in the refrigerator for as few as 2-3 hours.

Overhead of Overnight Apple French Toast Bake in a White Casserole Pan

How to Store

Leftover Overnight Apple French Toast Bake can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Removing a Piece of Overnight Apple French Toast Bake from Casserole Pan

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Overnight Apple French Toast Bake

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Chilling Time 12 hrs
Total Time 13 hrs 40 mins
Overnight Apple French Toast Bake is made with sweetened apples, brioche bread, and an egg mixture flavored with maple syrup, topped with pecans, and drizzled with a cream cheese glaze.

Ingredients

French Toast Filling

  • ¼ cup (½ stick / 57 g) unsalted butter
  • 5 medium (5 cups) Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced into ¼-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 loaf (16 ounces) brioche bread, cut into ¼-inch cubes

Egg Mixture

  • 12 large eggs, room temperature, beaten
  • 2 cups (490 g) whole milk, room temperature
  • cup (105 g) maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Topping

  • ½ cup (55 g) chopped pecans

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • ¼ cup (½ stick / 57 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (94 g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1-3 tablespoons whole milk, room temperature

Instructions

French Toast Filling

  • Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Once melted, add apples and cook until softened (about 5 minutes).
  • Add brown sugar and cinnamon and cook until dissolved (about 2 minutes). Set aside to cool.
  • To the prepared baking dish, add half of the bread. Top with half of the cooled apple mixture. Top with the remaining bread, and end with the rest of the apple mixture.

Egg Mixture

  • In a large bowl combine eggs, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Pour egg mixture evenly over the layers of bread and apple mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • When ready, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.
  • Top the mixture with pecans and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 40 minutes, remove foil, and bake 40 more minutes, or until the center does not jiggle. Remove from the oven and let it cool a bit as you make the glaze.

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • While the apple french toast bake cools, mix together the glaze ingredients in a medium bowl. Start with a tablespoon of milk, adding more until the glaze reaches your desired consistency.
  • Pour the glaze over the warm french toast bake and serve.

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