Monday, June 13, 2011

I like to think of myself as a 50s era domestic goddess...

And by that, I mean I love love love making casseroles. So you can imagine my excitement upon discovering French Toast Casserole a few years back. There's nothing quite as wonderful as the smell of french toast wafting through the house early in the morning.

And fortunately, getting that lovely scent is easy as ever.

Just grab a few mainstay ingredients, a bowl, a whisk and an 8"x8" baking dish and you'll be ready to go!

Lightly butter the baking dish and line with 5 cups of bread cubes. Typically, this equals out to about 8 slices of bread.

In a large bowl, beat eggs, milk, sugar, salt and vanilla.

Pour the mixture over the bread cubes and dot with butter or margarine. Allow the dish to stand for about 10 minutes. You'll want to preheat the oven to 350 at this point.

Of course, no french toast recipe is complete without a little bit of cinnamon and sugar so you'll want to sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and sugar over the top.

After 10 minutes, bake at 350 for about 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

While you're waiting, catch up on some finger painting. You should still have some leftover from when you made DIY finger paints.

You should definitely, DEFINITELY sneak a peek at the casserole about 30 minutes in. Unless you can't make it that long. The heavenly aroma is irresistible.

Once golden brown, remove from the oven and enjoy!

French Toast Casserole

  • 5 cups bread cubes
  • 4 eggs
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Lightly butter 8x8 inch baking pan. Line with bread cubes.

Beat eggs, milk, 2 tbsp sugar, salt and vanilla in a bowl. Pour egg mixture over bread and dot with butter/margarine. Allow to stand for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the remaining 2 tbsp of sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the top.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until top is golden brown. Serve with syrup, fruit or whipped cream.

Try using different breads for some amazing flavors. Raisin bread is particularly wonderful, as is banana bread.

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