Baked Apple French Toast

Christmas is such a bittersweet time of year. Work is always stressful with getting the year-end stuff wrapped up (just in time for tax season to start), although we did better this year, we/I never seem to budget for Christmas shopping, there’s my constant battle with seasonal depression…So while I’ve been trying to make things fun for the bambino, I always have a slight tinge of apathy towards the whole holiday season. I know there are people who go full-on Norman Rockwell and Pinterest-perfection, and that’s just not my style. If I had my way (or we didn’t have the bambino), we wouldn’t really bother celebrating at all. I know–I’m a Scrooge. A Grinch.

And I can’t think of Christmas without thinking of my grandparents. My grandma loved Christmas and would go all-out with baking cookies, fixing food, having family over. I know I was a cynical brat back then (oh, wait, I still am), but now, I kind of miss being crammed halfway up the stairwell with my sister or cousins, while presents were passed out. And when I was old enough to participate (ie., I was deemed old enough, which was not necessarily the same as the legal drinking age), there were shots of Jägermeister with my grandfather.

When I asked for ideas for Christmas dinner, neither Jay or the bambino really had much in the way of suggestions. Jay did express interest in a “traditional” Christmas dinner, involving a goose, knowing full well I wouldn’t be cooking that. I’ve had goose once, and I did not care for it at all. I thought it might be fun to either go really extravagant and get a rib roast, or eschew all tradition and just have something like enchiladas or tacos. In the end, we decided that because we all love breakfast, we’d make that the main meal, and we’d just graze the rest of the day. I chose this Baked Apple French Toast, since it’s prepared the night before, and cooked up while we opened presents.

Baked Apple French Toast

I first made this dish back in 2008 for Christmas breakfast. The bambino’s first Christmas, and I tried to make it somewhat special, even though I knew he wasn’t going to remember it. I haven’t made it since, though, as that’s also the day my grandfather passed away. This year, though, I’m actually softening towards Christmas–The bambino has been SO excited and so thrilled about it, I can’t help but get in the spirit. Even this typically black-hearted cynic has to admit that there is something magical about Christmas when seen through the eyes of a sweetly innocent child.

Baked Apple French Toast

A delicious breakfast doesn’t hurt either.

Baked Apple French Toast

Yield: 8

Baked Apple French Toast

Baked Apple French Toast
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


[b]For the Apples:[/b]

  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 large Golden Delicious apples, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 C maple syrup

[b]For the French Toast:[/b]

  • Cooking spray
  • 4 oz. (1/2 block) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 oz. almond paste
  • 3 large croissants, sliced horizontally
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 C half & half
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 1 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 C sliced almonds


Prepare the apples first. Over medium heat, melt the butter in a medium skillet. Once foamy, add the apple slices and saute for 4-5 minutes, or until the apples are tender. Add the cinnamon and the maple syrup, and cook for another minute. Set aside to cool slightly.

Spray an 8x8-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread the apples in the bottom.

In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and almond paste until smooth and well-combined. Spread a generous amount along the bottom of each croissant half. Place the croissants spread-side down on top of the apples.

In another medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, yolk, half & half, and milk. Pour over the croissants. Drizzle with the melted butter, then sprinkle with the sugar and sliced almonds.

Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Remove the plastic wrap and cover the dish with foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 25 minutes more. Allow to sit for 20 minutes before serving.

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And there’s enough leftovers, we can have breakfast again tomorrow or Saturday. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the remaining croissants I have though…There are either sandwiches or bread pudding in my future!

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4 Replies to “Baked Apple French Toast”

  1. That sounds delish! I’ve tried baked french toast not too many times, but it’s always great. And I totally feel you with the seasonal sads, those suck. Ah, there will be daylight again soon!

    • It’s SO good. I love the combo of the almonds and the apples. We got another dusting of snow last night, which I don’t like, but it’s also sunny for the first time in about a week, so I like that. :)

  2. There’s much to like about you (in addition to your wonderful cooking). You are raw and honest. And you know that you have to put your troubles aside for others, so that their experiences are memorable. — I feel your pain. I get the blues around this time of year, and in summer for whatever reason. This year, despite feeling like my regular December self was actually decent … though I have recurring dreams about not showing up for class for the entire semester and begging the teacher to let me spend the final week making up my work. (Then I forget my locker combination, where my textbook is stored.) What’s up with that? — You are in my thoughts this winter. And your recipes, including this one, are in my bookmarks.

    • Aww, that’s really nice of you to say. :) I hope you do try the recipe–It’s delish, especially with warmed-up maple syrup drizzled over top (because it just doesn’t have enough sugar in it already!).

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