Apple Cinnamon French Toast

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Another delicious apple cinnamon breakfast recipe the whole family will love, this Apple Cinnamon French Toast recipe is perfect for cozy fall mornings – whether you’re serving as part of an indulgent weekend brunch or enjoying a few special moments with the kids before the busy work day begins.

The perfect fall brunch recipe - Apple Cinnamon French Toast topped with cinnamon-spiced, cooked apples. This french toast tastes incredibly indulgent while staying light, perfect for a unique dessert or freezing for easy weekday breakfasts

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Recipe

French toast is definitely an underrated breakfast hero.

It’s so delicious, so easy – and there are so many ways to play with the basic recipe by switching up your seasonings, toppings, or even the type of bread used. Plus, it freezes really well so you can make a big batch on the weekend and enjoy a brunch-style breakfast whenever you get a craving.

Today’s apple cinnamon french toast recipe adds a generous hit of our homemade apple pie spice to a classic french toast recipe and then tops it with our homemade Cracker Barrel fried apples. It tastes like having apple pie for breakfast! You can skip making the homemade apple topping and just serve with sliced apples that have been tossed in cinnamon, or even use store-bought apple pie topping. (My daughter actually prefers the sliced apples tossed in cinnamon for her topping.)

I love the golden crunchy outside of this apple cinnamon french toast paired with the soft, cooked apples and the perfect balance of warming spices. I’m Canadian, so of course my serving always comes with a generous drizzle of maple syrup, too.

(Note: the pictures in this post show just apples sprinkled with cinnamon and cooked in a bit of butter – the way my daughter likes them – but the recipe below outlines how to make them with our Cracker Barrel fried apples.)

To freeze this recipe, place a square of parchment paper in between each slice of french toast and store in an airtight freezer bag or your favorite freezer containers for up to three months. (This set of freezer containers is a crazy bargain.) I haven’t frozen the apple topping as I think they would be mushy when thawed. I buy several boxes of these parchment paper squares at a time – they make my baking life so much easier and are perfect for keeping individual portions separate when storing or freezing food.

You can also bake your french toast by laying the slices on a cookie tray or in a casserole dish and baking for 30 minutes in an oven set to 350ºF.

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Apple Cinnamon French Toast Ingredients

For the cooked apples:

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: if you want to skip making the cooked apples, you can use apple pie filling instead or just toss some freshly cut apples in cinnamon-sugar. The pictures in this post show just apples sprinkled with cinnamon and cooked in a bit of butter – the way my daughter likes them – but the recipe below outlines how to make them with our Cracker Barrel fried apples.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Cast Iron Skillet <– I love the versatility of a good cast-iron pan – you can make everything from eggs to dessert in them and they transition easily from the stove to the oven. This one is pre-seasoned and great for even heating
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Sharp kitchen knife

How to Make Apple Cinnamon French Toast

In a large bowl, combine the flour, white sugar, milk, eggs, apple pie spice and vanilla extract to form a custard.

Place a skillet or griddle over medium-low heat and add 1/2 Tablespoon butter.

Pour the custard mixture into a small casserole dish or tupperware container for easy dipping.

Once the butter is melted and hot, dip one slice of bread into the custard mixture, covering both sides.

Allow the excess custard to drip off and then place the coated bread on the skillet. 

Cook for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown, then flip.

Repeat with all slices of bread.

For the apples, in a large bowl, combine the sliced apples, white sugar, brown sugar and apple pie spice.

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.

Add the apples to the melted butter and cook until softened.

Whisk the cornstarch into the apple cider and add to the skillet.

Allow mixture to bubble and thicken, stirring occasionally.

Serve the apples on top of the French toast with plenty of maple syrup on the side.

 

Pin this Easy Apple Cinnamon French Toast recipe with baked apple topping for your next fall brunch:

How to make apple pie french toast - cinnamon spiced french toast topped with cooked apples, for an indulgent fall brunch recipe that comes together quickly and easily.

Grab your free printable for our apple cinnamon french toast recipe:

Yield: 12 Slices, 6 servings

Apple Cinnamon French Toast

Apple Cinnamon French Toast

A delicious apple cinnamon french toast recipe topped with soft, cooked cinnamon apples. This apple pie inspired recipe makes for an indulgent fall brunch

Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon white sugar, optional
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon apple pie spice <-- can use cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 slices bread
  • Butter, for cooking (as needed)

For the cooked apples:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 apples, mixture of sweet and tart (we used Cortland and Golden Delicious)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon apple pie spice
  • 1/2 cup apple cider, or more as needed
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, white sugar, milk, eggs, apple pie spice and vanilla extract to form a custard.
  2. Place a skillet or griddle over medium-low heat and add 1/2 Tablespoon butter.
  3. Pour the custard mixture into a small casserole dish or tupperware container for easy dipping.
  4. Once the butter is melted and hot, dip one slice of bread into the custard mixture, covering both sides.
  5. Allow the excess custard to drip off and then place the coated bread on the skillet. 
  6. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown, then flip.
  7. Repeat with all slices of bread.
  8. For the apples, in a large bowl, combine the sliced apples, white sugar, brown sugar and apple pie spice.
  9. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.
  10. Add the apples to the melted butter and cook until softened.
  11. Whisk the cornstarch into the apple cider and add to the skillet.
  12. Allow mixture to bubble and thicken, stirring occasionally.
  13. Serve the apples on top of the French toast with plenty of maple syrup on the side.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 237mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 6g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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I hope your family loves this apple cinnamon french toast recipe as much as mine does! I’d love to hear how you end up serving it and what they think!

For more delicious fall breakfast ideas, check out our Healthy Morning Glory Muffins recipe or our Stuffed Breakfast Sweet Potatoes recipe.

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