Thanksgiving week is here and I’m sure you’ve prepped for all the cooking that needs to get done on Thursday. Thankfully I don’t have to make the turkey, but the sides, desserts and everything else is my responsibility this year. I know my favorite grocery store will be packed on Wednesday but I do need my ingredients to be as fresh as possible so I will escape the crowds and hit H-E-B as soon as it opens on Wednesday!
And this year I’m going to make sure we have a Thanksgiving breakfast that kickstarts the right note for the holiday but doesn’t require time to make.
Apple French Toast Casserole – A #PrimoPicks Holiday Breakfast Recipe
This month’s Primo Picks, in-stores, is perfect to make prepping Thanksgiving entertaining a breeze. The veggie cooking sauces and the cornbread mixes are time savers and honestly your guests would be too busy appreciating the flavors to pick a bone that your dishes haven’t been made from scratch.
I really like the breakfast breads in particular (and those chocolate macademia Laceys are so good!) and thought it would be nice to make a special Thanksgiving breakfast dish using the same. Most often than not, Thanksgiving breakfast is generally whatever is readily available only because I’m focused on the Thanksgiving meal later on in the day. This year (and the years to come), though, it’s going to be different…
this easy to make, delicious, tastes-just-like-the-holidays, dish is going to be the breakfast that heralds in the rest of the day!
Now this can be made in what you generally use for your casseroles but just to make things look prettier, I chose to bake this in my bundt pan.
- 1 loaf H-E-B Apple Strudel Breakfast Bread
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 tbsps white sugar
- 3 gala apples or the apple type of your preference-chopped into small squares
- 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup dates finely chopped
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder/ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsps butter.
- 1 tsp powdered sugar + 1 tsp cinnamon powder : to sprinkle on the top once done.
Empty the bread into a bowl and tear each slice up into little pieces.
Add the dates, apples, raisins and walnuts to the bread and gently combine with your hands or a spoon. (Don't use a stand mixer)
Now take your casserole pan or a bundt pan and grease the same with 1 tsp butter.
Empty the bread mixture, from the bowl, into the pan and set aside.
In the bowl beat the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, salt and cinnamon powder together and pour this mixture over the bread mixture in the pan evenly. Set aside.
Now heat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. (Don't do this in the beginning. Doing this at this stage of the process allows the egg mixture to absorb into the bread mixture before baking)
This should take about 45 minutes to bake.
Just before you serve your delicious Apple French Toast Casserole, sprinkle a mixture of powdered sugar and cinnamon powder.
This tastes delicious straight out of the oven but tastes just as good a day or two later, after being refrigerated.
If you’re looking for more inspiration for your Thanksgiving table, H-E-B has some great ideas and tips to help make the day prior and the day of, so much easier on you.