Sunday, November 22, 2009

recipe | overnight baked french toast

baked splendor... A few years ago I started the tradition of baked french toast for Thanksgiving breakfast. This incredibly delicious and indulgent delight is the perfect breakfast solution for the busy Thanksgiving Day chef. Simply prep this dish the night before and come the morning, all you have to do is place in the oven to bake. It really is so easy and there is no clean-up other than the baking dish. The other great part is that this breakfast really holds you until the turkey graces the table.

This recipe comes from the 1890 Williams House Bed & Breakfast located in the Hot Springs National Park in Arizona.

Overnight French Toast
(yields 4-8 servings)

1 loaf French bread
4 eggs
2 c milk
1t cinnamon
4 T vanilla extract
1/2 c sugar
3T butter

1/4 c brown sugar
1/4 c butter, softened
1/4 c oatmeal
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 c chopped pecans

Prepare large 10 x 15-inch baking dish lightly with coating spray. Cut bread into 1 1/2" slices. Place slices in pan. Combine eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar. Pour egg mixture over bread slices. Flip over each slice after eggs are partially absorbed. When all the mixture is absorbed, top each slice with a thin slice of butter. Wrap pan tightly with plastic wrap and freeze 8-10 hours.

For crumb topping, combine all ingredients. To bake, preheat oven to 500ยบ. Bake 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven, flip pieces over. Add crumb topping and return to bake additional 10 minutes.


Candice said...

Yum! Just Yum! My son is having a party sleepover next week, this would be perfect for it!

Allison said...

That's a great idea to use it for a sleepover. It tastes like a freshly baked cinnamon roll. So good. I was still half asleep this morning when I put it in the oven, and by the time the coffee was brewed it was done.

Simply Life said...

Oh wow, I am definitely saving this recipe - this looks amazing!!!

Mr. P said...

What a great idea! I would never think to do this overnight. But actually, it makes a decent breakfast for guests really simple.

It's a 'to do'!

Liz Marr, MS, RD said...

Very clever to make ahead and freeze overnight. Great for weekend entertaining.

TeenieCakes said...

Look forward to trying this...sounds so good. What a treat for all! Thx for sharing and the idea.

Viviane Bauquet Farre / Food & Style said...

Comfort food at its most delicious! Thank you for sharing such a lovely recipe...

Martica said...

I saved this recipe the other day...Great idea to freeze ahead.

Amy said...

This looks delish! I have a similar recipe that includes adding frozen fruit, like blueberries. You can't beat this for an easy to serve brunch.

Shan said...

Looks so delicious!

I'd like to try it - Just to clarify, what's your definition of 'french bread'? Thanks!

Allison said...

Hi Shan. I usually use a French baquette (I've also used whole wheat baquettes to a wonderful result). Because this soaks up a very large amount of "batter", using a bread with a hearty crust is a must so it will hold its shape.

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