An Easier Take on Traditional French Toast!
Today I am sharing THE most highly requested breakfast and brunch meal amongst my family and friends… my French Toast Casserole! A perfect harmony of fluffy bread with hints of cinnamon and vanilla, this recipe easily combines everything you love about traditional French Toast into one pan of baked yumminess. I prepare this dish almost every time we have family in town… with the prep work done ahead of time, I’m able to spend more time with precious loved ones and less time cooking. Truly the perfect recipe for entertaining! I love topping each plate with strawberries and blueberries, a good bite full of French toast casserole with a sprinkle of berries… such a divine blend of summertime flavors! When preparing, I prefer to use brioche bread, but any soft bread will do the trick. With its effortless preparation and irresistible taste, this recipe is guaranteed to become a breakfast fan-favorite. Once you serve it, prepare to hear this meal requested frequently. Bon appétit!
French Toast Casserole
- 13 x 9-inch casserole dish
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup butter
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 6-8 cups French bread or the bread of your choice torn into bite-sized pieces
- 5 eggs
- 1 ½ cups half and half
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon this is adjusted from the book to my taste
- ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
- In a microwave-safe bowl, combine brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup; microwave on HIGH for 45 to 55 seconds or until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved (or melt in a saucepan over medium-low heat). Stir well and pour into a baking dish. Arrange bread pieces evenly over butter mixture.
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs until blended. Whisk in cream and vanilla. Pour evenly over bread, pressing bread down until moistened.
- In a small bowl, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over casserole. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Uncover baking dish. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until set and golden brown. Sift confectioners’ sugar over top. Serve immediately.