Caramel Apple Breakfast Casserole

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 9, 2009


Making breakfast for dinner once a week is a SUREFIRE way to bring your weekly meal costs and your overall grocery bill down a bit!  This dish would also be great for a brunch/potluck or weekend breakfast.  Just double the recipe and make in a 9×13-inch baking dish.

If you’ve got milk, eggs, bread, the spices and some apples in the fridge, you should totally make this. Like right now.

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Caramel Apple Breakfast Casserole

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes + 1 hour to overnight in the fridge

Cooking Time – 45-50 minutes


  • 6 eggs ($.60)
  • 1 cup milk ($.10) I used rice milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon ($.05)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg ($.02)
  • 4 medium or 3 large apples, peeled and diced ($1) On sale 4/$1 this week!
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted ($.40) I used a dairy-free margarine
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar ($.20)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon ($.05)
  • 6 slices of bread, torn ($.30)
  • 1/2 Cantaloupe ($.75) On sale 2 weeks ago for $1.49!
  • Syrup (optional…I thought it sweet enough and syrup unnecessary!)
  • 6-8 Sausage Links or Turkey bacon ($1.49)


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs, milk, cinnamon and nutmeg.


  • Peel and dice the apples. In a smaller mixing bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Toss with diced apples.


  • In a greased 8×8-inch glass baking dish, tear 3 slices of bread and add to the bottom. Then add a layer of the diced caramel apples.


  • Tear the other 3 slices of bread and spread on top of the apples.


  • Pour egg/milk mixture into the baking dish. Cover with foil and let stand in the refrigerator for at least an hour (overnight, ideally!). Preheat oven to 350.


  • Bake covered for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake another 15-20 minutes, or until eggs have cooked through.
  • Serve Caramel Apple Breakfast Casserole with fresh fruit and sausage or bacon.

Cost $4.97

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

Steffany Wells October 9, 2009 at 6:56 pm

This looks yummy, and we have tons of apples on our trees right now; I can’t wait to try it.


Mary W October 9, 2009 at 8:52 pm

I think I’d top it with whipped cream, call it Caramel Apple Bread Pudding and serve for dessert lol.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 10, 2009 at 7:01 am

@Mary W,

That would certainly work :)


DebG October 9, 2009 at 9:20 pm

That looks yummy! I do have a question though, where can I get your whisk? I love it!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 10, 2009 at 7:01 am


LOL! It was a birthday gift. From Pier1…I think!



Colette Subjeck October 9, 2009 at 10:05 pm

This looks great and It is something my whole family will eat! I can`t wait to try it!


Kris October 9, 2009 at 10:11 pm

I have some teenaged girls over for a sleepover and I had them help me with this. We tasted the carmel apples before we covered them and they almost didn’t make it to the fridge!!!! LOL I got some free (after coupon) sausage that was just hanging out in the freezer for such a great recipe. Thank you!!!!


Amanda @ High Impact Mom October 9, 2009 at 11:48 pm

I have to make this for my family tomorrow!! What a nice Sunday morning treat!


Julie October 10, 2009 at 6:58 am

That looks delicious. I’m always looking for new breakfast recipes to take to my MOPS group as we all share breakfast responsibilities. This one will be added to the rotation for sure.


janet October 10, 2009 at 7:13 am

This sounds so delicious. one question though, what kind of bread are you using?


Rona October 10, 2009 at 9:55 am

This would make a terrific potluck dish.


Tina October 10, 2009 at 10:17 am

I was thinking of doing “something breakfast-y” for tomorrow after church–and had already pulled the bacon out of the freezer to thaw. This is PERFECT! I love being able to make the night before & then just stick it in the oven when we get home! Thank you for sharing it! :)


Renee October 10, 2009 at 10:32 am

This does look good and I’m printing it out now. Is it possible the recipes can be put into a smaller format vs. having to print out 7 or 8 pages?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 10, 2009 at 11:26 am


Are you clicking on the “print this post” link at the bottom? Each recipe (since January) has a Print link that will take you to a page with just the recipe.


Renee October 10, 2009 at 11:34 am

Didn’t see it before so I zipped right past it, thanks!!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 10, 2009 at 11:39 am

Not a problem at all!


janet October 10, 2009 at 10:55 am

are you just using regular sandwich bread?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 10, 2009 at 11:25 am

Yes, regular sandwich bread…I used wheat. White will work just the same!


Beth G October 10, 2009 at 11:12 am

I’m going to make this today, to bake tomorrow morning. It sure looks good! My picky teen DD “doesn’t like” apples baked into things, so if she ends up not liking it…more for me! On that note, do you think that individual (baked) portions can be wrapped & frozen to microwave later for a quick workday breakfast?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 10, 2009 at 11:24 am

@Beth G,

I would think so Beth, but I haven’t tried it!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 10, 2009 at 11:27 am

@Beth G,

It should work Beth, but I haven’t tried it!


Lizzy April 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Put them in muffin tins :)


Sassy Stephanie October 10, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Mmm. Just put it in the fridge for tomorrow morning before church!


Stacie October 10, 2009 at 4:52 pm

This would make a terrific brunch dish. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


Shanna October 10, 2009 at 7:38 pm

I saw this last night and prepped it before bed. All three of my kids ate it up and asked for more! Thanks. =)


Chris October 10, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I’m wondering if this might still be good if pears are used. I want to make this for tomorrow and have no apples in the house, but we have a huge pear tree in the yard with lots of yummy pears on it right now.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm


Absolutely! I think pears would be great in this casserole!


The Mommy's Place October 11, 2009 at 7:40 pm

This looks so delicious, going to have to surprise husband with it soon. Yum


MOMOF2BOYS October 12, 2009 at 8:40 am

Great recipe! When I make mine I’m going to throw in some raisins & nuts! Thanks!!


Nicola October 12, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I am heading to the store right now for apples! I am so excited to share this with my MOPS group! :)


Lindsey October 13, 2009 at 7:14 am

Laughing cause I had the same thoughts about taking it to MOPS :)


Kristen October 13, 2009 at 5:42 pm

I halved this recipe for my two kids (ages 4 and 2) and myself for tonight’s supper. We ate it all up and the kids asked for more! I was out of brown sugar, too, but white worked just fine. YUMMY!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 13, 2009 at 5:50 pm

So glad you enjoyed it!


Debbi November 5, 2009 at 8:14 pm

This was fantastic. I just finished it for dinner tonight. I did make several substitutions to save calories and it was still delicious! I figured out the whole dish as made is about 1900 calories and I made it for 1145 calories. Not that it was a high calorie meal to begin with, but I just like to cut it as much as possible. I used egg beaters, I can’t believe it’s not butter, splenda and 45 calorie bread (8 slices). It did take longer to cook, I might have needed more bread. Next time I’m going to add a bit of vanilla and a pinch of salt. Great recipe, thanks a lot!!! ~


Tammy February 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Wow this looks great! I am doing weight watchers on-line and just put this through the recipe builder using an egg substitute and a low point bread. At 8 servings this only comes out to around 3 of them important things that I have to count!


Stephanie Turner April 23, 2010 at 7:52 am

I notice you have 1/2 Cantaloupe in the recipe, but I didnt notice in the direction where to put it in. Do you need cantaloupe for the recipe? Cant wait to try it.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 24, 2010 at 6:42 am

@Stephanie Turner,

Nope, the cantaloupe goes on the side. Cut into wedges or chunks…or have any other favorite fruit…that’s just what we ate! Enjoy!


Claire November 6, 2010 at 12:23 am

Another recipe to look forward to making. turkey bacon would be great with this! YUM


Claire December 22, 2010 at 2:28 pm

just looked at this again today. I am making it for Christmas morning.


ann b January 1, 2011 at 11:07 am

this is called bread pudding where I’m from(Louisiana) and we serve it as a dessert and make a lemon sauce or whiskey sauce to go on top


Lisa D September 27, 2013 at 7:34 pm

I just made this for tomorrow morning. I used the Cinnabon cinnamon bread and cut up the whole loaf. It sure looks good…..can’t wait!


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