This is a make-ahead French Toast recipe that gets requested from me year after year! I like to give it as a gift to friends so that they don’t have to cook on Christmas or New Year’s morning. It’s a delicious and easy treat to give and by all means, make one for your own family! No one wants to have to make breakfast on that busy morning, that’s for sure. From me to you again (because I posted previously, but in a very heartfelt post that you may not be in the mood for) for the happiest of holiday mornings. Printable version at the bottom of this post. 🙂
What you need:
- ½ cup melted butter
- 1 cup packed brown sugar (I interchange light and dark)
- 1 loaf of Texas Toast (This is an extra thick sliced white bread. I wouldn’t recommend using whimpy whole wheat bread. You could maybe use two slices of Bunny Bread or something with a high squish factor to replace each slice of Texas Toast)
- 4 eggs
- 1-1/2 cup whole milk (You’ve already accepted that lack of nutritional value of the Texas Toast, PLEASE resist temptation to use skim or low fat milk here. Go for the whole milk. This recipe is a comforting treat, not your new diet.)
- 1 Tablespoon and then some vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons + of brown sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons ++ of cinnamon (I use extra cinnamon because we love cinnamon.)
- Powdered sugar for a dusting on top
- Real Maple Syrup (not a deal breaker, but when I make this to give, I buy the real thing and include a bottle with the prepared French Toast Bake ready for baking.)
- 13 x 9 greased pan – I generally double this, so I make one for us in a glass pan and another in a disposable aluminum pan.
What you do:
1) Melt the butter either on the stove or in the microwave. If in the microwave, use 10 – 15 second intervals, stirring in-between, so it doesn’t explode
2) Take off the stove and stir in the cup of brown sugar until well combined.
3) Pour the butter/brown sugar mixture into the bottom of your pan and cover evenly
4) Beat by hand or with a hand-mixer the eggs, milk and vanilla. Leave it in the bowl while you do the next step.
5) Lay a single layer of the Texas Toast in your pan. You want to cover the bottom. It’s okay to cut some of the Texas Toast to fit to the edges.
6) Spoon 1 cup of the egg mix over the Texas Toast.
7) Sprinkle half of the brown sugar cinnamon over the top evenly
8) Repeat steps 5 – 7.
That’s it for now. Cover the pans (if you’re making two) tightly with aluminum foil and then Press N Seal. It needs to chill overnight in your refrigerator. As I said, I make one for me and one to give usually, so I write the baking instructions on top of the Press N Seal:
Bake covered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Then uncover and bake for an additional 10 – 15 minutes.
Remove and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Pour maple syrup on top.
Remember to include a baggie or shaker or powdered sugar for your recipient if you’re making this to give.
There are lots of versions of this on the internet. My recipe is adapted from Chew Out Loud