We love lazy weekend mornings at our house. We don’t always get them — but there is something wonderful about lingering over the breakfast table with a hot cup of coffee and footie-pajama-clad kiddos. Just chatting.

I find it’s easier to facilitate these moments with a little advanced prep; otherwise the coffee is never hot. This overnight apple pear french toast casserole is not only easy to assemble the night before, it’s a total crowd pleaser! A bit of a nod to bread pudding, so you could probably serve this for dessert, too.

Perfect for late winter snowy mornings. Enjoy!

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Apple Pear French Toast Casserole


  • 1 Loaf of Challah Bread (ok if it’s a bit stale)
  • 2 of your favorite apples, we used honeycrisp
  • 2 of your favorite pears, we used anjou
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of sugar + 2 tbsp
  • 1/2 cup of raisin
  • Maple Syrup
  • Fresh juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • Butter (for greasing pan)


Step One: Peel and thinly slice your apples and pears. Toss with fresh squeezed lemon juice and 2 tbsp of sugar. Set aside.

Step Two: Cut your Challah bread into 1″ cubes.

Step Three: Whisk together eggs, heavy cream, cinnamon, 1/4 cup of sugar. Combine with bread cubes.

Step Four: Grease bottom of 9″ by 13″ pan with butter. Layer 1/2 of your apples and pears. Layer 1/2 of the cube bread mixture. Sprinkle raisins (as many or as little as you’d like!). Drizzle maple syrup. Layer another 1/2 of apples. Top with the remaining bread cubes. Sprinkle with more raisins and add another drizzle of syrup. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Step Five: Preheat your oven to 350 F. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until top is golden brown. Slice and enjoy!