This was first mother’s day breakfast. Ben’s parents were here for Carson’s baby dedication, which was really special. Kate showed me this recipe, and we decided to make it. It was a good decision.
I’ve made another overnight French toast before, and it was much sweeter than this one, but not in a bad way…just different. They’re different enough that I can’t choose which one I liked better. The lemon adds a nice tartness to the slight sweetness of this one that doesn’t require any syrup, so the berries are a perfect accompaniment. The other French toast is one that welcomes a generous pour of syrup and a side of crisp bacon. Don’t ask me why sugar goes best with more sugar. It just does. Both are tasty and can be prepped the night before and baked in the morning. I love that.
The recipe called for brioche, but my rather poor choice of buying groceries at Wal Mart meant that we had to use a loaf of French bread. It is French toast though, and we found it to be a great bread to use in this recipe. The brioche would probably have yielded a denser and more rich breakfast.
We served the French toast with fresh blueberries and raspberries. The original recipe (found here) from the kitchn has a lovely sounding mixture for the berries of dry cava wine and mint, but we played it simple. We also decided not to dust the French toast with powdered sugar because of the sweet lemon glaze. It was plenty sweet for me, but serve some on the side if you have a sweet tooth. Enjoy!
Lemon Glazed French Toast
(courtesy of thekitchn)
- One 16 to 20-ounce loaf of French bread (brioche or challah)
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 cups 2% milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 lemons, juiced
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- If planning to bake immediately, preheat the oven to 425éF. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray or butter.
- Slice the bread into 1/2-inch-thick slices, then cut each slice in half. Arrange half of the bread in overlapping layers in the baking dish.
- Whisk the eggs in a large bowl until well mixed, then whisk in the brown sugar. Whisk in the milk, vanilla, salt, and nutmeg. Pour half of the custard over the bread. Layer the rest of the bread on top, and pour the rest of the custard over to coat. (At this point the casserole can be covered and refrigerated for up to 24 hours.)
- When ready to bake, take the casserole out of the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before baking. Heat the oven to 425°F. Bake the casserole for 30 minutes, or until slightly golden on top, and puffy.
- Whisk the lemon juice with the confectioners’ sugar and drizzle the glaze over the hot casserole.
- Let the casserole cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve in large slices, with fresh berries on the side.