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apple and sausage french toast casserole with cinnamon syrup

(29 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Jackie Mento
The Villages, FL

When my family has reunions, we love making breakfast the night before so there is less cleanup to do in the morning. Then the first person up starts the coffee and puts the breakfast casserole in the oven. The sweet smell of French toast and sausage gets everybody up every time!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

The aroma from this baked French toast is divine! There are so many layers of flavor in this breakfast casserole. The Challah bread layer is sweet, soft, and creamy. Sausage makes this hearty and adds a savory flavor. Apples and raisins add a sweet and tart taste. We love the cinnamon syrup so much, we plan to try it with other recipes. Drizzling it over your slice of the casserole is out of this world delicious.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(29 ratings)
yield 12 serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For apple and sausage french toast casserole with cinnamon syrup

  • 1 lb
    loaf of challah or French bread, cubed
  • 8 oz
    cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 c
    brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 6
    eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 c
    whole milk
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c
    seedless raisins
  • 5 oz
    dried apples, diced
  • 1
    Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 lb
    breakfast sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 c
    brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 tsp
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 1 c
  • 1 Tbsp
    corn starch
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp
    unsalted butter

How To Make apple and sausage french toast casserole with cinnamon syrup

  • Cubed Challah bread toasting in the oven.
    Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spread the cubed bread in a single layer on 2 sheet pans and bake for about 15 minutes. Cool slightly, then transfer the bread into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
  • Cream cheese, brown sugar, cinnamon, eggs, milk, and vanilla whisked together.
    In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla.
  • Raisins, dried apples, chopped apples, and sausage over the bread with egg mixture.
    Sprinkle the raisins, dried apples, chopped apples, and the sausage over the bread. Pour the egg mixture over the bread. Using a spoon, gently push the bread down until it is soaked.
  • French toast casserole covered with aluminum foil.
    You can bake it now or cover it with foil and refrigerate it overnight to bake in the morning. (If you are baking it in the morning, let the casserole sit at room temperature while the oven preheats.) Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F for 35 - 45 minutes just until the center is set.
  • Preparing the cinnamon syrup.
    While the French toast is baking, prepare the cinnamon syrup. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a small saucepan. Combine the water and corn starch in a measuring cup, then pour into the pan.
  • Vanilla extract added to cinnamon syrup.
    Cook over medium heat and bring to a rolling boil, stirring often. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract and butter. It will be the consistency of syrup.
  • A slice of Apple and Sausage French Toast Casserole With Cinnamon Syrup.
    When the French toast is out of the oven, drizzle some syrup over it and serve the rest on the side. By now, everyone has smelled it cooking and they will be ready to eat! Serve hot.