I can’t believe that the holiday season is upon us. This lady is a lover of all things sunny and warm. But since the calendar says otherwise, it’s time to prepare for the holiday season. We are usually up late on Christmas Eve, so sometimes a little extra sleep happens Christmas morning. But since we want to have a nice breakfast, this slow cooker cranberry apple french toast casserole is perfect!
My kids are teens now, and no longer get up at the first hint of light. So this recipe is perfect because I can get up, get the ingredients together, and get it started. By the time they roll out of bed, it is just about ready to go. So by the time they are finished opening their gifts, this cranberry apple french toast casserole is ready to go!
I love that there are minimal ingredients, prep is easy, and the slow cooker makes it hands free!
How To Make The Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple French Toast Casserole:
This recipe was adapted from A Day in Candiland. Used with author’s permission.
- The night before, cube the bread into smaller pieces. Let sit in a bag until morning so it gets hard. Now, I know that this is a French toast casserole, but we prefer Italian bread. I think it soaks in the egg mixture better.BONUS: This is a great way to get a member of the family involved by working together in the kitchen to cube the bread. You can catch up on life and take a few moments to enjoy the quiet before the festivities.
- Peel and chop apples into chunks.
BONUS TIME SAVING TIP: Use already sliced apples in a bag and just cut off the peel.
- In a bowl, add the eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon, beat until blended.If you really want a unique taste, use homemade vanilla. Once I started using homemade vanilla, there was no going back.
- Pour egg mixture over bread, and stir. Gently fold in dried cranberries(if you know how to use fresh ones, have at it!) and apples.
- Spray your slow cooker lightly with cooking spray, and spoon bread mixture into crockpot.KITCHEN TIP: For easy clean up, use slow cooker liners.
- In a separate bowl, cream brown sugar and butter to form crumbles, and sprinkle over bread mixture. I also added a little bit of apple pie spice for some extra zing.BONUS TIP: You can use a fork, or wash your hands well and use your fingers to create the crumbles. One less utensil to clean, and a great way to unleash any excess energy you have preparing for your holiday celebration.
- Turn high for 2-3 hours, then turn down to warm. By the time you have your morning holiday prep done, breakfast will be ready for you to enjoy!
- Relax and enjoy with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk.
Here is a printable version of the recipe:
- 2 loaves French bread(Or Italian like me) cut up and cubed.
- 6 large eggs.
- 2 cups of milk (I use 2%).
- 1½ tsp. cinnamon.
- ¼ cup butter softened.
- 1¼ cup brown sugar packed.
- ½ tsp. vanilla.
- Dried cranberries.
- Diced apples.
- ½ tsp. apple pie spice(optional)
- Take two loaves bread, cut it into cubes. I found that doing it the night before was best to make sure the pieces were harder.
- In another bowl, place your eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon and beat together until well blended.
- Pour your egg and milk mixture over your bread cubes and toss until all the bread is coated. Fold in the cranberries and apples.
- Spray your Slow Cooker with cooking spray.
- Add your coated bread mixture into slow cooker.
- Take your butter(slightly less than ¼ cup works well), apple pie spice(optional), and brown sugar and cream together with a fork until crumbles form.
- Take your crumbles and sprinkle over bread mixture.
- Cook on high for 2-3 hours, and then turn on warm.
So there you have it, an easy breakfast for a busy morning.
French toast not your thing? Check out these other recipes that may make your holiday table:
* Easy Cheesy Speck Ham Scramble. Speck ham is the perfect combination of smoky & sweet. Add some peppers and cheese, and you have the perfect breakfast!
* Why You Should Eat Breakfast. We all know how exciting the holiday season can be, but you need to fuel up first!
* Easy Grab n’ Go Breakfast Ideas. Have to be somewhere in a hurry on a holiday morning? Here are some easy and delicious ideas for your whole family.
Will you be enjoying this slow cooker cranberry apple french toast casserole during the holiday season?