French Toast Bake

French toast bake

The kids in our house, both big and small, love French toast.  It is pretty quick to make, tastes good, gives them some protein AND gets covered in syrup (I actually don’t let them use that much).  What’s not to love, right?

This morning we had about 3/4 of a baguette left over from a previous dinner.  It was starting to get pretty dried out, so I couldn’t make French toast the way I usually do.  Instead, I decided to soak and bake it, kind of like a bread pudding.  I’ve seen some of these recipes on Pinterest and even tried one once, but by using sandwich bread like a lot of the recipes require, I ended up with eggy mush.  It had a good flavor, but I needed more texture.

Using stale baguette was the ticket!  I let the 1/2 inch pieces soak for about ten minutes, turning them over once.  You could definitely soak the bread longer if you wanted a super soft bake, but after baking for about 45 minutes, I had French toast that was both creamy and crunchy.  Everyone liked it, and it didn’t need any syrup at all!

This recipe only makes enough for an 8 x 8 glass baking dish.  You could easily double it if you wanted to make more.  The bake time may have to go longer though.

What you need to make this:

1/4 Cup, packed brown sugar

4 eggs

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 Cup half and half or heavy cream

1/2 Cup whole milk

about 1 Tbs butter, cut in small pieces

1 tsp vanilla

10-12 pieces of stale baguette, cut in 1/2 inch slices

1 tsp of powdered sugar to dust on top when baked

Procedure:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and grease an 8 x 8 glass baking dish with either butter or coconut oil spray.

Sprinkle a small amount (about 1 Tbs) of your brown sugar on the bottom of your baking dish evenly.

Layer your pieces of baguette on the bottom of your baking dish.  You will want them to all lay flat.  Feel free to cut a few in half if you need to.

In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, half and half, vanilla, the rest of your brown sugar, and salt together until you have a smooth custard.  Pour this on top of your bread slices and let them soak for about 10 minutes to 30 minutes, turning over once.

When ready to bake, dot the top of your bread pieces with butter, cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes covered.  Remove foil and bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until the center is set.  You can test by inserting a knife to see if it comes out clean.

After removing from the oven, dust with your tsp of powdered sugar and serve hot!

French toast bake

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