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Overnight Apple French Toast

My in-laws own and operate an orchard, so we have an abundance of fruit fresh from the trees. This dish includes fresh apples, apple jelly and applesauce all in one recipe. It's a warm, hearty breakfast for busy days. -Debra Blazer, Hegins, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 large tart apples, peeled and cut into 1/4-in. slices
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 9 slices day-old French bread (3/4 inch thick)
  • SYRUP:
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) apple jelly
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves


  • In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter and syrup. Cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until thickened. Pour into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Arrange apples over top.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs, milk and vanilla. Dip bread slices into the egg mixture 1 minute; place over apples. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine syrup ingredients; heat through. Serve with French toast.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 394 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 259mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (53g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Deanna
    Sep 18, 2019

    A new favorite recipe! My friends loved it, asking for the recipe. Made this for a girls' week. It was sweet, sticky, and totally indulgent without any need for add-ons. I made the recipe as written but did make it a layer taller. I followed the directions exactly through the egg-soaked nine slices of bread. I then added another layer of bread, a layer of a cup of unsweetened applesauce, another layer of the brown sugar/butter melt, then cinnamon sprinkled over the top. Chill overnight and followed the original directions. The result was over the top. No syrup necessary.

  • Sue Zappa
    Jun 17, 2017

    A long-time favorite in our family of 8! Doesn't need the syrup as it's sweet & moist without it. All it needs is sausage links, bacon, or ham to make it a hearty breakfast!

  • muffbear74
    Dec 25, 2016

    I used a few more bread slices to fill the pan. We liked the consistency - crunchy on the edges, soft in the middle. I didn't make the sauce, it was sweet enough without it.

  • BobnMarlys
    Dec 25, 2016

    This is a simple, delicious recipe...especially good for company breakfast. Easy to increase.

  • popoaggie
    Feb 17, 2014

    I made this over the weekend and it was a great hit. Followed the recipe. It is a keeper for me.

  • nikita138
    Oct 16, 2013

    i make this recipe every year on christmas eve. its a great way to start christmas morning, i pop it in the oven as soon as i get up and its ready to eat by the time everyone is done opening presents.

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    Dec 7, 2012

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    Dec 1, 2012

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    Oct 24, 2012

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  • staceyjohnston
    Mar 9, 2012

    This was amazing! Delicious and easy to make. I put it all together Christmas Eve and it was ready to bake the next morning. I have to say for me personally it was a bit too sweet to eat for breakfast but everyone else went crazy for it.