Bless me friends, for I have sinned. It has been waaaaay too long since my last blog post.
Ooops! Raising two boys under the age four is hard business and time just really seems to get lost along the way. My youngest has started pulling up and is very anxious to master that first step, making it so that I can’t turn my back for even a second. Shew! But alas, with the passing of a holiday weekend, I have vowed to take a moment to add a very special, do ahead recipe for those of you out there who find yourself as busy as I am these days!
Do Ahead French toast? ------ You got it!
For this recipe you will need:
½ loaf French bread
2 c milk
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1. Now, the night before you want to enjoy this tasty treat, you need to slice your French bread diagonally into 1-1 ½ in slices. Forming a single layer, place bread slices into a greased casserole pan.
2. Mix together your eggs, milk, salt, vanilla and sugar.
3. Pour mixture over bread.
4. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Cover your dish and place it in the fridge overnight.
Now, when you wake up in the morning, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and bake your French toast for 45-55 minutes (or until bread starts to turn a golden brown color).
Now, this recipe will feed a typical family of 4. But, if you have house guests, as I do from time to time, you simply need to double the recipe and use your entire loaf of bread. This is a great recipe to use when you have houseguests because it allows you to spend more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen. Plus, they will all be amazed when you present them with their breakfast and they never even noticed you slaving away in the kitchen : )
As with any French toast, there are numerous variations on this recipe.
- If you have a sweet tooth, you can try a maple and pecan style French toast. To do this, you simply need to combine your favorite maple syrup and dark brown sugar. Then pour the mixture into the bottom of your casserole dish. Add a layer of chopped pecans and then layer your bread slices over the top. Proceed as normal and you will end up with a sweet and gooey treat that is guaranteed to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours.
- If you have a fruit lover in your group, try adding some fresh berries or you can try a bananas foster style French toast. To do this, you make your French toast like normal. In a sauté pan add butter and sugar. Stir the butter and sugar mixture until it begins to turn a dark caramel color. Add in your banana slices and heat until well coated. Sometimes I like to add a splash of orange or pineapple juice to this mixture.
- You may also decide to top your French toast with whipped cream or powdered sugar instead of syrup.
As with most of my recipes, this one is very simple and has too many variations to count.
Try it out! Experiment! And let us know what combination you come up with! Now, back to my babies, HAPPY COOKING!