I love the smell of french toast on a Saturday morning. It exudes a sense of coziness and relaxation. It always reminds me of Saturday mornings growing up when the sweet smell of my mom making cinnamon french toast would travel up to my bedroom, and I couldn't wait to stroll into the kitchen in my pj's for a taste.
About a week ago, we were serving breakfast for 15+ people, and I wanted to make something that was perfect for a large group. Being home in Wisconsin and wanting that same familiar smell of those childhood Saturdays, I knew I was going to make french toast.
I wanted to try a baked french toast recipe, one that would not take too much time in the morning so that I could enjoy time with our guests.
This recipe was absolutely perfect. As it baked, the smell of sugar sweetness moved throughout the house, as everyone waited to taste
This recipe is perfect for special occasions or those lazy Saturdays, when you want to stay in and make something sweet, something that will give you that sense of ease and comfort and bring back fond memories.
The French Toast:
- 1 loaf Crusty Sourdough Or French Bread (French bread recommended)
- 8 whole Eggs
- 2 cups Whole Milk
- 1/2 cup Whipping (heavy) Cream
- 3/4 cups Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 cup All-purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1 stick Cold Butter, Cut Into Pieces
Grease a 9 X 13-inch baking pan with butter - cut bread into cubs and toss into baking pan.
Mix together eggs, milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla. Pour evenly over the bread, cover and store in the fridge overnight.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add butter pieces, cut, into the dry mixture and store in a Ziploc in the fridge overnight.
When you're ready to bake preheat oven to 350 F. Sprinkle crumb mixture over the top of the dish and bake for 45 -65 minutes. Depending on how much liquid you prefer, you can bake longer.
You may add butter or syrup, but I think it is perfect just the way it is when it comes out of the oven.
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