Posted by: 4whateveritsworth | June 12, 2011

An Irresistible Brunch Recipe: French Toast Casserole

I don’t know about you, but I could eat breakfast foods for any meal of the day. Brunch is by far my favorite meal, especially when it is enjoyed leisurely and with good company.

This easy recipe for French Toast Casserole can be prepared the evening before and popped in the oven first thing in the morning, for your family, or when you’re expecting guests.

While the directions recommend placing the casserole in the fridge overnight before baking, in a pinch it can also be prepared and baked last-minute for any meal of the day. This recipe dates back to my college days, and it continues to be a big hit every time I serve it.

French Toast Casserole

6 – 8 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Chilling time: Overnight (the longer it has to absorb the egg mixture, the fluffier it tends to be)
Baking time: 50 minutes

1 long loaf of French bread – – I prefer to use a challah (a Jewish egg bread, available in many grocery stores and bakeries, more easily found on a Friday, the start of the Jewish Sabbath)
8 large eggs (I use 4 whole eggs and 8 egg whites)
3 cups milk (nonfat is fine)
4 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt (Reduce by half)
1 T vanilla
2 T butter, cut into pieces (I omit)

Generously spray or butter a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Cut bread into 1 inch thick slices. Arrange bread in a single layer over bottom of prepared dish. I fill in all the gaps with small pieces of bread.

Beat eggs, milk, sugar, salt and vanilla in large bowl until mixed. Pour over bread. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Uncover (dot with butter, if you choose) and bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes, until bread is puffy and golden brown, and knife inserted comes out clean. Serve plain or with your favorite honey or syrup.

This freezes well. I often freeze it by the slice for a quick meal. Just let me know when you will be baking this recipe and I will be happy to join you! I’ll bring the syrup.

Until my next post, 4 whatever it’s worth…..


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