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Friday, 3 January 2014

Overnight French Toast Recipe

For Chrisrmas breakfast this year I wanted something quick, minimal mess and nothing too heavy. We were hosting Christmas Day lunch at our house, so we had enough things to prepare that morning, without having to also put together an elaborate breakfast However, I wanted something special, because it is the one time we will sit together as our immediate family. 

I had seen in Pinterest a number of overnight French Toast recipes and decided that would be perfect. I was able to whip it up the night before and pop it into the fridge. The next morning, while we were opening presents, I had this baking in the oven. I chopped up some fruit, and put out some jam and syrup. That was as labour intensive as it got.

This tasted delicious. My Husband doesn't usually like sweet breakfasts (he puts Vegemite on his pancakes!) yet he went for seconds. It was just what we wanted, and I suspect this will become a Christmas breakfast tradition.

Serves 6**
cup (4 Tablespoons) butter, melted
cup packed light brown sugar
loaf Scone Bread (You could swap for any Thick Cut bread)
eggs, slightly beaten
cup whole milk
Teaspoon vanilla paste
teaspoon salt

** I halved the recipe to make enough for just Hubbie, myself and our daughter.

  • In a small bowl combine brown sugar and melted butter and pour on the bottom of a rectangular baking dish.
  • Arrange slices of bread in the baking dish overlapping if necessary.
  • Combine milk, eggs, vanilla, salt in a bowl and pour evenly over bread slices.
  • Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 4-12 hours.
  • In the morning, take the casserole out of the fridge while you are preheating your oven to 180 degrees.
  • Bake casserole for 30-35 minutes. If top starts browning too quickly place a foil loosely over the top of the casserole for the last 10 minutes or so. You want it to cook long enough to make sure the bottom part is cooked but don't dry it out completely.
  • Remove casserole from oven and let it cool slightly before serving. Serve with jam, fruit & maple syrup.

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