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Apple Cranberry French Toast Bake – $5 Dinner Challenge

I *heart* French Toast Casseroles!  I love how you can take SUPER STALE french bread and turn it into a breakfast (or dinner) masterpiece!  By soaking the bread overnight in a fruity, egg-milk mixture, stale french bread can be completely transformed and redeemed!!!  When Andrea sent this recipe, I HAD to try it!

Note: The marked down french loaf bread that I *knew* was in the freezer was not to be found 🙁  So I used some burger buns from the freezer instead!  This was sweet enough in and of itself that it did not need any syrup!

Apple Cranberry French Toast Bake

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 45 minutes


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar ($.15)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ($.03)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine ($.40)
  • 3 apples – peeled, cored and sliced ($.99)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (FREE!) From Walgreens trip two weeks ago!
  • 1 French Loaf, cut into 1 inch slices ($.79) Look for these when they are marked down and then freeze if you don’t eat right away!
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten ($.60)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I used rice milk!) ($.15)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract ($.10) (or use homemade vanilla extract!)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon ($.05)
  • Favorite fruit: bananas, cantaloupe, berries or Fruit Salad ($1)
  • 6-8 slices bacon ($.75) We rarely eat a whole package of bacon because it’s not a part of our regular diet, so I freeze what we don’t eat right away! Just separate it into however many slices you wish to eat so that you can just thaw what you need!


  • In a large bowl, mix together brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix in melted butter or margarine. Stir in chopped apples and dried cranberries until evenly coated. Pour into prepared pan.

  • Arrange french loaf slices in an even layer over apples.
  • In same bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Pour over bread, making sure every slice is fully soaked. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate over night. THIS IS KEY!

  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Remove dish from refrigerator while the over is heating. Bake covered for 40 minutes. Remove cover, and bake 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
  • Prepare your favorite fruit or turkey bacon.
  • Serve Apple Cranberry French Toast Bake with Fruit and/or Bacon!

Cost $5.01