Happy Veterans Day to everyone out there friends, family and loved ones. You’ll want to make this breakfast French toast casserole and share it with those who put their lives in danger to protect and serve our country.

Fall is my FAVORITE time of year! This French Toast is really really good and I can’t wait to tweak it a little adding pumpkin flavors as well. It’s so easy to prep ahead of time. I also loved that it wasn’t too sweet, there’s a perfect balance of flavor. Trust me you’ll want to make this and pop in the oven while you have all your guest over for the holiday season!

Apple Crisp Croissant French Toast
(Adapted from Food Dolls)

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6-7 large croissants
8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large granny smith apples (peeled and cored)
1 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

Oat Crumble
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
5 tbsp cold unsalted butter
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Chop apples in small 1/4 inch pieces. In a large mixing bowl add cream cheese, sugar and cinnamon. Beat together. Fold in apples until mixed in.

Slice the croissants down the center, making sure not to pierce through. You want to make a “pocket.” Add about two tablespoons of the cream cheese filling.

Butter a 12×8 baking dish. Arrange the croissants facing up.

Whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla extract.

Pour the custard over the croissants. Set aside.

In a bowl add flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, and butter. Cut the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or your hands. It will resemble coarse crumbs. You can also use a hand mixer to blend together.

Sprinkle the oat crumble over the croissants. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.

When you are ready to bake, let the french toast sit out for 30 minutes before baking!

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

With the foil still covering the casserole, place in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 10- 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve immediately.

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