The recipe below combines some of the emblematic flavors of fall: Fresh apples and spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves are united with a rich, eggy custard for this French toast casserole. This casserole can be made largely in advance; just bake and serve the day of for an easy dish that's ideal for brunch.
A good variety of different apple types can be used for this dish, though each will lend its own flavor. Granny Smith are a great choice, as their acidity forms the perfect foil for the sweeter custard. But other baking apples, like Golden Delicious, will lend their own perfume and texture to the finished dish.