German Baked Apple French Toast

Despite its name, French toast is featured in many cuisines, including German cuisine. Food historians believe that the basic recipe was created by an 18th century New York tavern owner named Joseph French.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 9 hours 15 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 4 tart apples, such as McIntosh
  • 8 slices crusty French bread
  • 1⁄2 cup butter, softened
  • 3⁄4 cup brown sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup liquid honey
  • 1⁄2 tsp. grated lemon peel
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground nutmeg


  • Peel, core, and chop the apples. Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the softened butter, brown sugar, honey, and the grated lemon peel, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Stir in the ground cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Lay half the bread cubes on the bottom of a deep-sided casserole dish. Pour the brown sugar–syrup mixture over. Lay the apples on top. Add the remaining half of the bread cubes. Pour the beaten egg mixture over. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 325°. Bake uncovered for 50 to 60 minutes. Cool and serve.