If you love apple fritters, you’ll love this apple fritter breakfast casserole. Sauteed apples, croissants and icing all taste like fall! Easy & delicious!
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If there were one recipe that I absolutely love but can NEVER get photos of, it would be this Apple Fritter Breakfast Casserole.
Over the last year or so, I’ve made this at LEAST 5 times.
And EVERY time I make it, it rains or is over cast or I’ve lost my camera or SOMETHING happens.
Not that I’m really complaining.
However, without a doubt, every time I make it the lighting is poor and I cannot get a good photo of it.
I’ve had a few recipes like this where I literally cannot get a good photo to save my life.
It would be one thing if I used lights for all my photos.
But instead I prefer, and only use, natural light.
I’ve learned where the best spot is in my home for photos and it’s not in my kitchen.
I’ve also learned that the best light is always on a slightly overcast day after it snows.
The snow reflects the light perfectly and the slight overcast softens the light perfectly.
Strange how these were things I never used to think about.
Now my entire business revolves around the sun.
When it rises, when it sets and whether I need to make dinner for breakfast or if I can make it in the evening.
Though I don’t think these are the BEST PHOTOS EVER.
I do think they are 100% better than all the other photos I’ve taken of this Apple Fritter Breakfast Casserole.
I’ve made this apple fritter breakfast casserole to take to people, for a thank you, and for my family several times.
This breakfast casserole works great for a brunch, potluck or baby shower too.
It’s easy to make, tastes delicious and is always a hit with apple fritter fans!
I love how the flavors blend so well together.
Yummy croissants topped with an almost apple pie mixture then drizzled with icing.
What isn’t there to love about this?!
However if this is a little too sweet for you in the morning, there is no rule saying you can’t enjoy it for dessert instead!
Rich buttery croissants, sweet cinnamon apples and a tasty glaze really melt in your mouth.
This Apple Fritter Breakfast Casserole is especially perfect in the fall with fresh off the tree apples!
However don’t limit yourself to just Autumn.
Enjoy this treat all year round!
This Apple Fritter Breakfast Casserole is perfect for a bridal shower, a baby shower, a brunch, or even Christmas morning.
However I will warn you, that once you make this, you’ll be hooked too!
- 5 granny smith apples (the more spots, the better!), peeled, cored and diced
- 6 Tablespoons butter
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
- 2 Tablespoons warm water
- 6 large croissants, chopped into chunks (these are pre-made croissants that I pick up at my local grocery store bakery section, not croissant dough).
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup cinnamon apple sauce (or 1/2 cup apple butter)
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 4 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
- Preheat oven to 375*F
- In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
- Add brown sugar and stir until incorporated.
- Add cinnamon and nutmeg, mix well.
- Add diced apples and stir to coat. Simmer mixture for 5 minutes or until apples are soft and to the desired texture. I recommend tasting one to see if it's soft enough.
- In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water. Mix well then add cornstarch mixture to apples and stir. Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a 9x13 casserole dish, lay out croissant pieces, spreading out so they cover the bottom of the pan.
- Top croissants with apple mixture. Spreading evenly over croissants.
- In a separate bowl combine heavy cream, apple butter (or apple sauce), eggs and cinnamon. Mix well.
- Pour apple butter mixture over croissants and apples. Drizzle over the top to cover apples.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- When casserole is removed from oven, allow to sit for 5 minutes.
- While casserole is cooking, in a small bowl combine heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time. Add more heavy cream 1/2 teaspoon at a time if needed. Mixture should be thick but should drip from spoon when held in air.
- Drizzle casserole with icing and serve immediately.
Recipe adapted from Wonky Wonderful