Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. It also happens to be the most boring meal of the day for me most of the time. I am not organized enough, and I don’t get up early enough to fix anything more exciting than a bowl of cereal and some fruit. Every now and then I have enough time to scramble a few eggs, but that is rare. So, when I have an opportunity to make something good for breakfast I make the most of it.
This weekend our great friends Carrie and Jason came up to visit. We had such a nice and relaxing time together. Sunday morning we had French toast casserole and migas for breakfast. It was quite a delicious feast and something I plan to make again when we have guests.
The French toast is prepared the night before and allowed to sit in the fridge overnight to let the bread soak up the sugar, butter, eggs and milk. I was pretty exhausted the night I was supposed to make the French toast and I almost felt like skipping it and just going to bed, but it took me less than 15 minutes to put it all together and pop it in the fridge so don’t let time be your excuse not to make this.
This breakfast is so very simple and easy. In the bottom of a 9×13 pan goes a mixture of butter, brown sugar and corn syrup that has been melted together on the stove. The thick slices of French bread are placed atop this sugary sticky goodness, and the mixture of eggs, milk and vanilla is poured on top of everything. Cover this in foil and go to bed. When you wake up bake the dish for 45 minutes and voilà. Breakfast.
The tops of the bread slices are golden brown as they come out of the oven. The inside of each slice is creamy and delicious. The bottom of each slice is covered in the rich buttery sugar sauce that has caramelized and become something very special thanks to its time in the oven. So delicious. Next time I will add some ground cinnamon and nutmeg to the milk mixture. I served it with butter and syrup, and my husband had the ingenious idea of putting the sliced strawberries we had at the table on his slice. Any kind of fruit or berry would be a good complement to this sweet, rich and crazy good French toast. Make this some Saturday morning and make your breakfast guests very, very happy.
Overnight French Toast
Courtesy of allrecipes.com
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 (1 pound) loaf French bread, sliced
- 5 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Combine the corn syrup , butter, and brown sugar in a small saucepan and simmer until the sugar has melted. Pour this mixture over the bottom of a greased 9×13 inch casserole dish.
- Place the bread slices over the sugar-butter mixture in the dish. In a bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, vanilla, and salt; pour this mixture over the bread. Cover the dish and let it stand in the refrigerator overnight.
- The next morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Uncover the pan and bake for 45 minutes. Serve while hot or warm or the French toast will harden in the pan. It can be reheated.