Baked Apple French Toast w/Hazelnut Crumb Topping

Do you remember when I made Sweet Potato, Apple & Ginger soup from The Apple Lover’s Cookbook a couple of weeks ago?  Well, that recipe was fantastic, so I decided to try making another recipe from that same cookbook for Baked Apple French Toast w/Hazelnut Crumb Topping.  I served this dish for a brunch that we had for two close friends.  Not only was the dish easy to make, but it was a definite crowd pleaser.  Since Thanksgiving is coming up in a few short weeks (can you believe it?), I thought this dish would be perfect to serve on Thanksgiving morning.  Who wouldn’t be happy waking up to this delicious apple French toast drizzled with hazelnuts and maple syrup?  Yum!


  •  Butter for greasing pan
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 pound loaf of brioche, challah or Italian bread, cut into 3/4″-thick slices
  • 2 large apples, peeled and sliced
  • Maple syrup for drizzling
  • 3/4 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 tbsp butter, cut into small cubes
  1. The night before, or at least 2 hours ahead, grease a 13×9″ baking dish with butter.
  2. Whisk together the eggs, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Arrange the bread slices in the dish so that they overlap.  Stick the apple slices between the bread and pour the egg mixture over all.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a food processor, pulse the hazelnuts, brown sugar, flour, and butter to form a crumbly mixture.  Sprinkle the topping over the bread.
  4. Bake unti the egg is set and the topping is golden brown, about 1 hour.  Let cool for 15 minutes and then drizzle with maple syrup.
*The Apple Lover’s Cookbook


Filed under Baked Goods, Breakfast

10 responses to “Baked Apple French Toast w/Hazelnut Crumb Topping

  1. I am hungry now. I may not wait till Thanksgiving.

  2. the hazelnut crumb topping sounds divine!

  3. What a great idea for french toast!! I love anything apple and cinnamon!

  4. I am absolutely making this over the weekend – your pictures are fabulous!
    Mary x

  5. That looks amazing! Wow, am I hungry now!

  6. What a recipe! This looks incredible. Yum!!

  7. This sounds delightful for Sunday’s breakfast! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Love the hazelnut topping on this treat! Couldn’t eat to many of these during the day ;0

  9. I must have missed the last recipe…that cookbooks sounds marvelous. Based on these pictures I really want to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Goodness…these looks awesome! Thanks for the recipe!!
    I love your blog, so many yummy goodies!
    Kara 🙂

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