Sunday, January 8, 2012

[Recipe Share Sunday] Baked French Toast

On Black Friday, instead of hitting the malls at 4am, we headed to my In-Laws around 10am for brunch.  My mom was visiting for Thanksgiving and it's always nice to try to get our "4 Christmases" style family together.  My Step Mother in Law made this casserole and after crushing two servings and not touching any of the other items on the table, I knew I'd be making it myself!

After my own Step Mother gave me a load of challah bread on Christmas (a tradition, she always grabs everyone their own loaf when picking up all the Baklava at the Greek Bakery... well, she refers to it as Easter Bread, but can someone tell me if these are the same thing? Because they sure as hell seem like it... ) Anyway, I decided to use it for my own French Toast Casserole to make for New Year's Morning... Birthday Breakfast!

This french toast needs nothing added to it, but your favorite berries - I recommend blueberries, lots of them!

Baked French Toast

2 Tbsp of Karo Syrup (any baking syrup will do)
1/4 lb butter
1 C tightly packed brown sugar
1 Loaf Challah Bread
5 eggs
1 1/2 C Milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 vanilla extract

  1. Combine first three ingredients into a saucepan and simmer into syrupy.
  2. Pour into bottom of 9 x 13 baking dish.
  3. Slice bread into 1 1/4" slices (approx 12)
  4. Lay them in the baking over the syrup.
  5. Beat other ingredients together and pour over bread, place in refrigerator overnight.
  6. Bake at 350 for 45minutes when ready!
Dust with powdered sugar and serve with berries.

It's a great recipe for brunches or family get togethers (and super easy too!)  I sent it to my friend who was hosting a family holiday brunch and she said it was hit.  I hope you all enjoy it too!


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