Spiced Apple Overnight French Toast Recipe

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  • October 25, 2020
apple spice french toast

Are you starting to think about recipes for holiday entertaining? This time of year always puts me in the mood for comfort foods and special recipes to celebrate the season. My Spiced Apple Overnight French Toast fits perfectly in both of these categories.  

Fall is my favorite time of year with the changing colors of the leaves and cooler air. It is also when my refrigerator becomes full of apples. I always have a variety as some are perfect for eating (Honey Crisp!) and others are great for baking. This recipe uses Granny Smith as they are tart and remain firm even after baking. With the richness of the custard, these work the best in this dish.   


For the main ingredient, the bread, I like the density and sweetness of challah. If you can’t find this, try brioche. You will want to cut the bread into thick slices to absorb the custard. This will help the french toast maintain its shape too as it won’t disintegrate from the liquid. 

sliced bread for french toast

Making the custard:

custard for spiced apple overnight french toast

French Toast Recipe Tips

When you are ready to arrange the bread slices, shingling them in a 9 x 13 cake pan helps to absorb the milk while letting the edges get crispy when baking. I press the bread down in the custard to make sure the top portion of the bread has flavor too. You can even use a baster before it goes in the oven and even afterwards to make sure the top is immersed in milky cinnamon goodness. 

shingled bread


custard over french toast 1

The Spiced Apple Topping

Mixing brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, maple syrup and apples together in a pan over low heat brings the goodness together in a burst of flavor. Add the chopped pecans and slowly warm. Pour over top of bread and custard and bake. 


Apples added!

apples on challah

Spiced Apple French Toast out of the oven:

When to enjoy

There are many reasons to love this recipe. The first, of course, is that it is so delicious. The baked apples, cinnamon and pecans all integrate beautifully with the challah. It works for a main course brunch dish, a side with an egg dish like this Roasted Vegetable Frittata, is able to be frozen and reheated when needed and best of all, can be made fresh the day before you want to serve it, just needing to be baked the morning of your meal. If apples aren’t your favorite, try cherries, dried fruit or any that you prefer. Don’t want nuts, leave them out.  It is a very adaptable recipe. 

Make your friend’s day by treating her to a pan of this French toast. All she needs to do is bake it! Hope you enjoy this delicious Spiced Apple Overnight French Toast with your family and friends.  

slice of apple french toast


apple spice french toast

Spiced Apple Overnight French Toast

Julie Gordon
The perfect make ahead brunch, breakfast or holiday meal that is filled with apples, cinnamon, creamy custard and buttery, rich challah bread.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 9 x 13 pan


  • 1 Challah


  • 6 eggs, large
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt

Apple topping

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup pecans - toasted, chopped
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced


  • Butter 9 x 13 pan. Cut challah in 3/4 inch slices. Lightly butter the front of each slice. Layer bread like shingles to fill pan.
  • For custard, whisk eggs, whole milk, half and half, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and salt till blended. Pour over bread slices in pan. Cover the pan with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • For spiced apples, melt butter in fry pan on medium heat. Add sliced apples, brown sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon. Bring to slow boil for sauce to thicken. About 6 minutes. Add chopped pecans. Distribute evenly over top of bread. Cover with tin foil.
  • Bake for 60-65 minutes total. Remove foil after 30 minutes so apples caramelize.
  • Top with powdered sugar when ready to serve.
Keyword Apples, Breakfast, brunch, Custard, French Toast, Holiday Recipe, Make Ahead, Nuts, Overnight French Toast, Pecans, Spiced Apple, Whole Milk



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