Strawberry Apple Baked French Toast

Stuffed Baked French Toast soaked in a Maple Cinnamon batter giving flavors reminiscent to the Original French Toast with a pop of Tart Fresh Strawberries and Apples and a generous smear of Apple Butter!

The natural Maple, Vanilla and Cinnamon aroma will fill the morning air beautifully and create a wonderful start for Breakfast!

Strawberry Apple Baked French Toast | URBAN BAKES

Breakfasts with a bit more creation than pouring milk into cereal is what I often look forward to on my weekend mornings. It’s such great pleasure taking a break from the mundane rotation of granola and yogurt. Whether it be muffins, pancakes or buns, what’s made almost never matters because what’s important to me, is that what I make is made with love and enjoyed by all.

Strawberry Apple Baked French Toast | URBAN BAKES

French toast is a breakfast that brings positive memories of much joy and comfort from my childhood. A time that always drew the family together around the kitchen table. While my family enjoyed cinnamon in theirs, I was opposed to it and the little diva in me always had mine made first 😉

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Changing things up a smidge, I was gifted this bread loaf from my friend and owner of DeFalco’s Deli an Italian restaurant located near Old Town Scottsdale. Side note, if you are in Arizona, I highly recommend in making a visit. So much at this deli that I love but their Philly cheese steaks are nothing short of AMAZING!

Well, being that I am not a bread fanatic, there was no chance I was going to eat this bread plain. And while I’ve always wanted to try a French toast bake but couldn’t reason ever buying an entire loaf for myself, I decided to take this as an opportunity to make what I’ve always wanted to try.

Strawberry Apple Baked French Toast | URBAN BAKES

This breakfast bread can be prepped the night before allowing the maple apple-cinnamon flavor to soak through the bread for up to 8 hours but if you are pressed for time, try giving at least 2 hours of soaking before popping this dish into the oven.

Also, what’s great about this French toast is that it’s stuffed with sliced apples and strawberries and a smear of apple butter to top off the extra apple flavor! So as each time you cut in to the French toast, you get a soft maple vanilla flavored bread with a slight bite into the apple and tart strawberries.

Strawberry Apple Baked French Toast | URBAN BAKES

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Strawberry Apple Baked French Toast


  • Author: URBAN BAKES
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 9x13 French Toast Bake 1x

Description

Stuffed Baked French Toast soaked in a Maple Cinnamon batter giving flavors reminiscent to the Original French Toast with a pop of Tart Fresh Strawberries and Apples and a generous smear of Apple Butter!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) oat milk or regular milk
  • 4 tablespoons (60 ml) salted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) ground cinnamon
  • 1 bread loaf
  • 15 oz (425 grams) apple butter
  • 1 to 2 granny smith apples, sliced 1/8 inch thin 
  • 1 dozen fresh strawberries; sliced

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray; set aside. 
  2. In a large shallow bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, butter, syrup, vanilla and cinnamon until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed; set aside.
  3. Slice bread 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick leaving a slight hinge at the bottom of every other cut to create a “sandwich.”  Generously spread about 1 tablespoon of apple butter in between each sandwich.  Dip each sandwich into the batter and allow bread to soak for 30 seconds.  If using stale bread, soak for up to 1 minute.  Position each sandwich upright or lay on a slight angle. 
  4. Insert sliced strawberries and 2 slices of apple side by side into each sandwich. Alternatively, you can sprinkle strawberries over the top.  Pour batter over the bread ensuring each slice is soaked.  Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. 
  5. Using a large spoon or turkey baster, drip excess batter from the pan over the top of each slice.  Bake for 50 minutes or until bread appears dry and golden.  Upon baking, if the crust begins to brown too quickly, lay a sheet of foil over the top but do not seal to the pan. 
  6. Remove French toast from the oven and allow it cool for 10 minutes.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and drizzle maple syrup.  Serve warm and ENJOY! 
  • Cuisine: American

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21 thoughts on “Strawberry Apple Baked French Toast”

  1. Beautiful and delicious! Love that you use whole, thick slices in this recipe… Makes for a very pretty presentation.

  2. My family loves French toast, but we never bake it! I love this idea, and adding in the strawberries sounds like a perfect combo. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  3. This is the perfect recipe to make when friends are in town! I enjoy making breakfast that everyone will like and that isn’t your tradition eggs and bacon. This is perfect!

  4. I’m all for a sweet breakfast and this sounds delicious for a fall morning with a cup of black coffee! I should definitely make French toast more often…

  5. This was the best breakfast I’ve ever had! Your recipe was re-created by my husband yesterday, and I just can’t get over how delicious it was! We’ve used some leftover brioche bread and it was just perfect. Thank you for sharing such an easy and tasty recipe!

  6. Whoa, as if french toast could get any tastier, you go and load it with all sorts of deliciousness and bake it?! Now this is a breakfast my family would love to wake up to!

  7. OMG! This looks amazing and I always have French toast with strawberries but never like this. The kids are going to go crazy when I make this for them! What a great idea.

  8. I can smell this baking just looking at it! You’re so right that it’s refreshing to take a break from the normal breakfast rotation and make something extra-delicious, especially on the weekends! Especially now, with both COVID and winter weather making it difficult to get out of the house, it’s such a great change in routine to cook up a special breakfast some mornings. 😀

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