After I had my first baby a couple weeks ago, my life dramatically slowed down. I was enjoying all the baby snuggles and taking time to heal.
But I also had all this "free" time to dream up new recipes and realize that I was weeks away from the busiest season for food bloggers and I hadn't developed, tested, or photographed a recipe in two weeks. I was going crazy!
Today's recipe was originally going to be Apple Spice Crepes, but the crepes didn't turn out and I didn't like the ratio of apples and pecans to crepes. So I went back to the drawing board and came up with this incredible Apple Pecan French Toast Casserole!
It's the easiest french toast recipe that practically makes itself and it's generously topped with caramelized apples, candied pecans, whipped cream, and caramel. It's literally heaven! In fact, it's heaven that tastes and smells like the first day of fall! You'd never know it's secretly healthy though!
If you've never heard of or had french toast casserole, it's the easiest way to make and eat french toast.
Instead of individually dunking and cooking each piece of bread, you soak and bake everything all at once!
Simply cut your loaf of bread into cubes. I do this by cutting 3 slices at a time into 9 squares until I've cut all the bread. Place all the bread cubes into a greased 9x13 casserole dish.
Whisk together all the ingredients for your egg mixture, then pour over the bread cubes and gently toss the bread cubes in the egg mixture until everything is well saturated.
To ensure even baking, press the bread into an even layer. Bake the casserole until golden brown and slice into 12 squares.
For this french toast casserole recipe, you'll also make an apple pecan topping on the stove. Slice the apples into very thin slices and caramelize on the stove with the chopped pecans, some maple syrup, and cinnamon sugar.
Serve a portion over each square of french toast casserole, then top with more cinnamon sugar, maple syrup, whipped cream, and caramel sauce!
I cannot wait for you to try this delicious Apple Pecan French Toast Casserole! My mom and I literally ate it for breakfast (and snack!) 5 days in a row. It's seriously the best!
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This Apple Pecan French Toast Casserole is easy to make, refined sugar-free, and topped with caramelized apples and pecans. There's no overnight refrigeration required! It's perfect for a meal prep breakfast recipe or a weekend brunch recipe.
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