Cinnamon Crisp Apple French Toast Bake

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Elevate your brunch experience with this incredible French toast casserole! It’s a delightful blend of flavors that’s not just perfect for brunch but also doubles as a scrumptious dessert. The best part? You can prepare it in advance, making hosting brunch a breeze!

Cinnamon Crisp Apple French Toast Bake

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Breakfast
Servings 6


  • 6-7 large croissants
  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples peeled and cored
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Chop the apples into 1/4-inch pieces and set them aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, and cinnamon. Beat until smooth, then gently fold in the chopped apples.
  • Slice the croissants down the center to create a pocket, being careful not to pierce through. Spoon approximately 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture into each croissant.
  • Butter a 12×8 baking dish and arrange the filled croissants facing up.
  • In another bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Pour this custard mixture over the croissants and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, and butter. Use a pastry cutter or hand blender to create a crumbly mixture.
  • Sprinkle the oat crumble over the croissants in the baking dish, cover with aluminum foil, and refrigerate overnight.
  • When ready to bake, let the French toast sit out for 30 minutes to reach room temperature.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • With the foil still covering the dish, bake the French toast for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve immediately.


  • This recipe can be doubled or halved according to your needs.
  • Remember to bring the casserole to room temperature before baking for the best results!

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