Saturday, December 29, 2012

Cinnamon French Toast Casserole!

 



I really like breakfast dishes that can be made the night before and just popped into the oven in the morning.  It makes having a nice breakfast for overnight guests or just family really easy and hassle free.  This French Toast casserole needs to be assembled the night before and then all you have to do is bake it and maybe cook some bacon or sausage to go with it.   Here is what you need for this:

8 slices bread (slightly stale bread works best)
1 stick butter, divided
1 cup brown sugar
6 eggs
1  1/2 cups half and half (can use whole milk)
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
1 cup chopped pecans

Melt 6 Tbs. of butter and mix with the brown sugar.

Spray a 2 1/2 quart square or rectangular casserole dish with nonstick spray.  Lay 4 of the bread slices in the bottom, overlapping if necessary.  I used sliced Italian bread.   Sprinkle half of the butter/brown sugar mixture over the bread.










Lay the other 4 slices of bread over the first 4 and sprinkle with the rest of the butter/brown sugar mix.  Dot with the other 2 Tbs. of butter and sprinkle the cup of chopped pecans over the top.  In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, half and half, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt.  Pour this mixture over all.  Press the bread down to get it all wet with the egg mixture.  Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.  The next morning remove from refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake for 40-45 minutes.  If it starts to brown too much on top, cover with foil. I usually remove it at about 40 minutes and it never browns too much, but all oven are different.
 
 
Remove from oven and let stand for about 5 minutes before serving.  You can sprinkle with some powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup.   This serves 2-4 people, if you have a bigger crowd, just double everything and prepare in a 9"x13" baking dish.
 
French Toast Casserole!
 
 
















6 comments:

  1. Yum! I adore french toast! :-) AND with this dish I don't have to flip the toast at the stove! :-) Thanks for sharing!

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  2. This looks wonderful! I live in Tennessee and I love seeing all the great recipes you post. I have to cook simple most of the time and need recipes just like this one. Also, I go to this site. She has some really great recipes etc. http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/

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  3. Just prepared everything for tomorrow morning and can't wait to try it. I am a big french toast fan. A few weeks ago I did pumpkin french toast, it was heavenly.

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  4. This looks so good! This will be great to fix on Saturday night and take to Sunday school the next day! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. This looks so good and very familiar to me as I make monkey bread in a tube pan---same ingredients except no egg and of course, it uses biscuits! But you can bet I'll make this!! Thank you!

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