Oh my goodness you guys, you are going to love this Apple Cider Donut French Toast Casserole. All the fall flavors you love wrapped up in one big delicious comfort food donut baked French toast breakfast (or dessert, for that matter).

There are a few components to this baked French toast, and every step is totally worth it.

If you’re a fan of custardy breakfast foods and overnight French toast, then you may also want to try my chocolate donut bread pudding, my Valentine-perfect stuffed French toast or make this Moravian Sugar Cake Baked French Toast for Christmas brunch.

For ease of browsing, here are all of my breakfast recipes. Thanks for visiting!

A slice of apple cider donut French toast casserole with whipped cream and syrup being poured on it.

Baked French Toast and Bread Pudding: Delicious Synonyms

Happy Fall, y’all.

I’ve been able to have the windows open the last couple of nights, and I am in the mood for sweaters, fires, and hot chocolate.

So to start off the fall festivities, I bring you apple cider doughnut French toast casserole.

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We all know baked French toast, French toast casserole, and bread pudding are all pretty much the same thing, so feel to enjoy it for breakfast, for dessert, at a Thanksgiving brunch or with a cup of beaten coffee.

There is really no wrong time to make a French toast casserole, and apple cider doughnuts are everywhere these days.

All you need to do is:

  • keep yourself from eating 6 of them and
  • break them into pieces and dry them in the oven for a bit.

The rest of the ingredients, you probably already have on hand.

Blanket Your Baked French Toast with Streusel

A square baking dish of streusel topped sweet breakfast casserole with apples in the background.
a comforting, delicious blanket of crisp streusel is a lovely contrast to the soft, custardy French toast casserole underneath.

Oh, about that streusel topping, you guys. I am pretty pleased with myself for this one.

You know how sometimes you mix up streusel and it ends up either too clumpy or too sandy?

Well, here’s what I did for this streusel–and it really only works if you don’t want little discrete “bits” of streusel.

This method gives you a blanket of streusel as thick as you want.

  1. Mix sugar, flour, butter, salt, vanilla, and spice until it looks like cookie dough.
  2. Scrape out onto a piece of plastic wrap or parchment and form it into a log.
  3. Roll it up and freeze it until hard.
  4. Use a box grater to grate the streusel onto your French toast casserole, or onto whatever needs to be streuseled.

Apple Cider Donut French Toast Casserole

Everybody loves a good apple cider doughnut. I need to figure out how to make some for the blog.

Until then, I used some store-bought apple cider doughnuts to make this French toast casserole/bread pudding.

I also used another “convenience food:” apple pie filling. So much apple flavor packed into this casserole, y’all, and it’s very easy to make.

I’ll give you a list of how-tos and then give you a recipe. But please know you can use more or less sugar, more or less spice, more or less salt, leave out the nuts, etc.

How to Make It

Making this donut French toast casserole (or baked French toast or bread pudding–a rose by any other name) is very easy.

The procedure is the same for almost any kind of baked French toast, regardless of the bread or doughnuts you use:

  • Break doughnuts up into 4-5 pieces each.
  • Bake at 250F for an hour or so until dry. Let cool.
  • Add some apple pie spice to your apple pie filling and chop it up really well so you don’t get huge honking chunks of apples.
  • Toast some pecans.
  • Mix the doughnuts with the apples and pecans and put in a casserole dish.
  • Make the streusel and freeze (as above) (if you like sandy streusel, just cut all the ingredients together and leave it a little sandy)
  • Mix up some custard (eggs/sugar/milk) flavored with apple pie spice.
  • Pour over doughnuts and let soak overnight in the fridge.
  • Grate the frozen streusel onto the casserole, and bake.

So, that’s the game plan. Before we get started, let’s make sure you have all you need.

Equipment Recommendations

A serving of donut French toast casserole made with apple cider donuts and apple pie filling on a plate with a fork.

It’s always nice to have a nice mixing bowl or batter bowl. I really love Mason Cash. Great quality and will last you for decades.

I’m as much a fan of a clear glass baker as the next person. They go with everything and are inexpensive. But I also own some lovely seasonal bakers that are perfect for comfort food like this. Consider this lovely ruffled Emile Henry baker or this Mason Cash rectangular baker I think is truly timeless.

And you know how I feel about accurate measurements. Please purchase a kitchen scale and an instant read thermometer. Both will make your life so much easier, I promise.

Tips for Making This Baked French Toast

It looks like a lot of ingredients and steps, but you can make the streusel and/or the syrup weeks in advance if you want.

Toast the nuts ahead of time, too. Let them cool completely and then store them in the freezer until ready to bake.

You can also make the custard while the doughnuts are drying in the oven. The main thing is to enjoy it!

Close up of a square slice of donut bread pudding on a plate topped with whipped cream with apples in the background.
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Apple Cider Donut French Toast Casserole

Jennifer Field
Apple cider doughnut French toast casserole (bread pudding. Same difference) is a fantastic fall breakfast, brunch or dessert. Loaded with apple cider doughnuts, apple pie filling, and toasted pecans and topped with brown sugar streusel, it’s kind of hard to stop eating.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 673 kcal


For the Streusel

  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 4 oz cake flour
  • 4 oz light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon apple pie spice or cinnamon
  • heavy pinch salt

For the Custard

  • 3 cups whole milk you can use 2% if you want
  • 6 oz light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • heavy pinch salt
  • ½ teaspoon apple pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Syrup

  • 32 oz apple cider (1 quart)
  • small pinch salt
  • small pinch apple pie spice

To Assemble and Bake

  • 6 day-old apple cider doughnuts homemade or store bought
  • 1 cup prepared apple pie filling
  • ½ teaspoon apple pie spice only if your pie filling isn’t seasoned
  • 1/2-1 cup chopped pecans toasted (or walnuts. Or leave the nuts out altogether)

For the Spiced Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • brown sugar to taste, 2-4 Tablespoons
  • pinch salt
  • heavy pinch apple pie spice


For the Streusel

  • Mix all ingredients together until it looks like cookie dough
  • Scoop streusel onto a piece of parchment or plastic wrap.
  • Form into a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap well and freeze until solid, about 2 hours.

For the Custard

  • Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl until smooth with no eggy bits floating around. Set aside. Whisk again right before assembling the casserole/pudding.

For the Syrup

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil until syrup is reduced to between 3 and 4 ounces.
  • You’re reducing 1 quart to about 1/2 cup, so it will take quite a while–maybe 30-40 minutes depending on your stove. Keep an eye on it and occasionally pour the contents of the pan into a measuring cup to check if you’ve reduced it enough.

To Assemble and Bake

  • Combine the dried doughnuts, pecans and apple pie filling in a 9"-11" square baker and mix well to distribute the apples and pecans evenly.
  • Pour the custard evenly over the doughnuts. Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • Before baking, evenly grate as much of the frozen streusel as you want on top of the pudding.
  • Bake in the center of your oven at 350F until nicely puffed and deep golden brown all over, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Internal temperature in the center of the pudding should be about 160F.
  • Cool until just warm before slicing and serving with spiced whipped cream and some of the apple cider syrup.

To Make the Whipped Cream

  • Combine the cream, the smaller amount of sugar, the salt, and the apple pie spice in a medium bowl. Using a hand mixer or a whisk, beat to medium peaks. Taste, and add more sugar if you would like. Continue beating until the cream holds stiff peaks.

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Prep time does not include drying the doughnuts or making the syrup.  Fee free to dry the doughnuts in a low oven (about 200F) for an hour or so.
Eat the casserole within about 3 days, storing leftovers in the fridge. I don’t recommend freezing this baked French toast.


Serving: 1gCalories: 673kcalCarbohydrates: 80gProtein: 9gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 316mgFiber: 2gSugar: 53g
Keyword brunch, french toast casserole
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And that’s it, friends. Apple cider donut French toast casserole. Whether you enjoy it for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or a coffee break, I think you’re going to love it. 

Thanks for reading. Take care, and have a lovely day.

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