Overnight Apple French Toast Strata


  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. sugar, divided
  • 5 pieces of white bread, cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped, divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp. half-and-half
  • 1/4 tsp.vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • Maple syrup, for serving

Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add apples and 1/2 tbsp. sugar to pan; saute 8 minutes or until apple is tender and lightly browned. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes.

Coat an 8-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange half of bread in dish. Top with apple mixture; top with 2 tbsp. pecans. Arrange remaining bread over pecans. 

Combine the eggs, remaining 2 tbsp. sugar, milk, half-and-half, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Pour milk mixture over bread, pressing down to submerge. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tbsp. pecans. Cover and chill overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Uncover dish and bake for 30 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. 

Serve pieces with a drizzle of maple syrup.

by The Savvy Kitchen