Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween & Overnight French Toast Bake

Happy Halloween, Friends!    Hope you are all having a wonderful, festive time!    We had a fun weekend taking the kids to my in-law's to show them their costumes, and we went to my parents house on Sunday for brunch and pumpkin painting!  They had so much fun! 

Before we painted pumpkins, we enjoyed a kind of potluck brunch at my parents house.   I wanted to try out a new recipe and make something on the sweeter side to take with us.  Enter Pinterest searching.  I came across this Overnight French Toast Bake and thought it sounded delicious!   We didn't need a whole 9x13 pan, so I used a baking dish I have that I got for my wedding shower, and adjusted the ingredients accordingly.

(Courtesy of Cakes Cottage)

Ingredients (for the 9x13 pan)
-1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
-1 cup brown sugar + 3 tablespoons brown sugar
-1 loaf Texas Toast (Our grocery store was out, so I used brioche)
-4 eggs
-1 1/2 cups milk
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-2 teaspoons cinnamon
-1 tablespoon powdered sugar, plus more for sprinkling
-honey or maple syrup for topping

-Melt the butter in the microwave and stir in 1 cup of brown sugar until combined.

-Pour the mixture evenly over the bottom of the pan

-In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, 1 tablespoon of the powdered sugar, and vanilla

-Place the bread in a single layer in your pan so it covers the whole bottom

-Pour half of the egg mixture over the layer of bread

-In a small bowl, stir together the 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon

-Sprinkle half of the mixture over the first layer of bread

-Arrange a second layer of bread on top of the first, pour over the rest of the egg mixture, and sprinkle the remaining brown sugar & cinnamon on the top

-Cover with aluminum foil (or lid) and put in the fridge can leave it in the fridge for a few hours, but it works best if left overnight.  
-Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and let your dish sit at room temperature while the oven is warming up

-Bake for 30 minutes with the foil on top, and then bake for 15 minutes without foil until the top gets crispy

-Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top and you can use maple syrup or honey for topping!   I actually didn't use any syrup and it was still delicious!

My bread arranging skills are less than stellar  :(

A super easy dish to make for a cold morning, or a perfect breakfast idea for Christmas morning--I think this is what I'm going to make!   I'm excited to keep trying recipes to share with you all!
Let me know if you have any requests!  

Until next time!


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