Sunday Brunch: Apple French Toast Casserole

Apple French Toast Casserole

Serves 8

8 cups cubed raisin bread, stale croissants, or french bread
2 granny smith apples, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
8 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cups half and half, divided
2 tsp vanilla, divided
1/2 cup pecans
4 eggs

Pre Day: Place half the bread cubes in a greased 9 X13 dish; top with apples. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugars, 1/4 c half and half, and 1 tsp vanilla until smooth; stir in nuts. Spread over apples. Top with remaining bread cubes. In another mixing bowl, beat the eggs, and remaining half and half, and vanilla; pour over bread. Cover and freeze.

Serve Day: Thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered at 350 for 35-45 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

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