Cherry-Apple Baked French Toast



This baked French toast recipe takes classic pan-fried French toast and flips it on its head. It makes an impressive dish for breakfast, brunch, or breakfast for dinner. Even better, this easy breakfast casserole serves a crowd! Save time by preparing it the night before so you can get a head start on your weekend.

Ingredients

  • 4 slices thick-cut cinnamon bread
  • 4 large whole eggs
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 2 cups milk, or nut milk of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sugar, or sugar substitute, such as monkfruit
  • 2 granny smith apples, cored and diced into thin 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, or raisins
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar (optional), for dusting
  • Maple syrup, for serving

Instructions

  • Cut bread into one inch cubes and place into a large mixing bowl. Add sugar and toss to coat. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites, milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
  • Stir apples and dried cherries into the bowl with bread cubes. Place them into a greased 13×9 baking dish and pour egg mixture even over the bread. Place the casserole dish in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or up to 2 days.
  • When ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and then bake the casserole for 35-45 minutes, or until set. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
  • If desired, dust with powdered sugar and drizzle each serving with maple syrup.

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