I’m gonna admit, this is just an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast.
So I did.
Best. Decision. Ever.
Since baked French toast usually bakes for close to an hour, I wasn’t worried about the apples being tender or the streusel crisping up. It worked perfectly!
Now, this isn’t the most responsible breakfast you could ever eat. Let’s say it’s even just a little… indulgent.
But let’s just say maybe every once in a while you like to make a meal out of dessert. Brinner is the best way to do this!
There are some people who might look at you funny if you sit down to dinner with a slice of cheesecake. But a plate of pancakes or waffles? It must be Breakfast for Dinner night!
A pan of French toast?
Perfectly acceptable meal!
And if anyone is going to judge you for smothering your French toast in a layer of apple crisp, you’re better off without them.
This is, hands down, the best French toast I’ve ever eaten.
Because – hello – streusel. Crisp. Crumble. You should probably put it on everything, if you don’t already.
And if you’re one of those people who likes just a pan of crumble to eat by the handful, check out My Other Favorite Thing in The Universe: Salty Hazelnut Brown Sugar Crumble.
- 6 thick slices French bread (or enough to fill a 9x13” pan)
- 2 ½ cups milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 large eggs
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup cold butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup flour
- ⅔ cup large oats
- 4 medium apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- Spray a 9x13” pan with non-stick spray and lay bread slices on the bottom of the pan in a single layer (use as many as you need to fill the pan).
- Combine milk, vanilla, eggs, salt and 1 tsp cinnamon with a whisk and pour over the bread slices, trying to coat the bread evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Meanwhile, make the streusel. Cut together cold butter, sugars, 1 tsp cinnamon, flour and oats with a pastry cutter or your hands until crumbly. Store in an air tight container until ready to bake.
- When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. If the tops of the bread look a little dry, flip bread slices carefully. Spread apples over the bread and top with streusel.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until bread is set, apples are tender and streusel is golden. Serve with syurp, or without!