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Apple Praline Baked French Toast

This elegant breakfast or brunch dish — laced with cinnamon and bursting with sweet-tart apples — can be assembled the night before, baked in the morning, and then served upside-down to reveal a buttery layer of pecan praline.

Apple Praline Baked French Toast | {Five Heart Home for Love Grows Wild} It’s so hard for me to believe that 2013 is drawing to a close and it’s already time to start thinking about the holiday season! If you’re wanting to serve a festive breakfast on Thanksgiving or Christmas morning, or if you’re on the lookout for an impressive dish to wow brunch guests over the holidays, look no further than this gorgeous, apple-studded, baked French toast that can be overturned to reveal a beautiful veneer of pecan praline. It’s as pretty as it is delicious, and it will make even an everyday breakfast feel special. Best of all, you can do all of the work the night before so that all you have to do in the morning is bake it off and flip it over!

Apple Praline Baked French Toast ~ moist and apple-studded, this French toast casserole is overturned to reveal a veneer of pecans; can also be a make-ahead overnight recipe! | FiveHeartHome.com

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love French toast, but when you have a lot of mouths to feed or tummies that are already rumbling, baking it up in the oven is much quicker and easier than cooking it one piece at a time on the stove. That’s where baked French toast comes in, since it’s basically your milk- and egg-soaked, cinnamon-spiced bread in casserole form.

However, this is not your ordinary baked French toast. This version takes the concept and gives it an upside-down cake sort of twist. It’s loaded with moist, tender pieces of bread, laden with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla, as well as bright pops of flavor from soft chunks of sweet-tart apples. But best of all, you have that sticky, crunchy, buttery veneer of pecans. What results is a breakfast dish that’s not only scrumptious, but also makes for quite the impressive presentation!

Apple Praline Baked French Toast ~ moist and apple-studded, this French toast casserole is overturned to reveal a veneer of pecans; can also be a make-ahead overnight recipe! | FiveHeartHome.com By arranging the pecans at the bottom of the dish, pouring the custard-soaked bread and apple filling on top, and then turning the whole thing upside down once it comes out of the oven, you’re able to serve this baked French toast in eye-appealing slices that will make any breakfast or brunch feel a bit more special. However, if you don’t want to fuss with thoughtfully arranging the pecans and flipping the whole concoction over, you can always go with a more traditional baked French toast treatment…just serve as is! It’s still rustically beautiful, and when you scoop out servings, you’ll find a fun pecan praline surprise down at the bottom.

Apple Praline Baked French Toast ~ moist and apple-studded, this French toast casserole is overturned to reveal a veneer of pecans; can also be a make-ahead overnight recipe! | FiveHeartHome.com The holiday season is right around the corner, and it’s never too early to start thinking about ways to make holiday mornings special or serve overnight house guests with maximum pizazz yet minimal effort. One of my favorite aspects of this recipe is that it can be assembled the evening before, popped in the fridge overnight, and then baked off in the morning. This means that, not only do you end up with a breakfast that wows, but you also don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn to accomplish it. Who’s going to argue with that?

Apple Praline Baked French Toast ~ moist and apple-studded, this French toast casserole is overturned to reveal a veneer of pecans; can also be a make-ahead overnight recipe! | FiveHeartHome.com

A breakfast as lovely as this Apple Praline Baked French Toast has a way of turning any morning into a special occasion. I hope that you enjoy it, friends!

Apple Praline Baked French Toast

Yield: 10 servings

This elegant dish, with its soft, cinnamon-laced bread and bright pops of apple, can be prepped the night before, baked off in the morning, and then served upside-down to reveal a beautiful veneer of pecan praline.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 6 cups cubed egg bread or good quality, soft-crusted white bread (1-inch cubes)
  • 3 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Coat two 9-inch round (and at least 2 1/2-inches deep) pie pans (OR a 9 by 13-inch baking dish) with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix melted butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Divide butter mixture between prepared pans and tilt so that it evenly coats the bottom of each pan. Arrange pecan halves in an attractive pattern at the bottom of your pans. Cover and refrigerate pans until you're ready to assemble baked French toast.
  3. Place bread and apple pieces in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon. Pour egg mixture over bread mixture and stir until all bread and apples are coated.
  4. ***At this point, you may cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before assembling and baking.***
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour the bread and apple mixture over the pecan praline layer. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until golden and puffed.
  6. If you used pie pans, allow to rest for 5 minutes before turning out onto serving platters.

Notes

You may chop your pecans or leave them whole. I find that chopped pecans are easier to cut and eat but whole pecans make for a nicer presentation, so I use a combination of the two.

I used challah bread for this recipe. About 11 to 12 ounces gave me 6 cups of cubed bread. However, any soft-crusted bread -- brioche, croissants, a loaf of white French bread -- would be wonderful. You may tear your bread instead of cubing it if that's easier.

Golden Delicious apples bake up softer than Granny Smiths, but feel free to use your favorite cooking apple.

For extra decadence, half-and-half or heavy cream may be substituted for milk.

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This recipe was originally shared as a contributor post over at Love Grows Wild.

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  1. Holy Moly, i need to make this asap! pinning!

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