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Baked French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole Recipe

Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 50 mins

Equipment

  • 9-by-13-inch (23 x 33 cm) baking pan

Ingredients
  

Baked French Toast

  • 2 teaspoons melted butter for greasing the casserole dish
  • 1 loaf bread a plain white sandwich loaf, brioche, or kitke bread, 6 hamburger buns, or bread you baked at home
  • 8 eggs whole
  • 2 cups full cream milk
  • 1/2 cup whipping (heavy) cream
  • 1 cup sugar sucanat, muscovado, or brown or white
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup sultanas, raisins or dried cranberries optional

The Topping

  • 1/2 cup plain flour you can easily sub gluten free flour blend as well
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • a pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 stick cold butter, cut into pieces 4 ounces, or 113 grams
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

For the French toast:

  • Grease the baking pan or casserole dish with the melted butter.
  • Tear the bread into chunks, or cut into cubes, and distribute evenly in the pan.
    breaking the bread up
  • If you are adding the optional 1/3 cup of sultanas, raisins or dried cranberries scatter them in at this point.
  • Crack the eggs in a big bowl.
  • Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, sugar of choice, and vanilla.
  • Pour evenly over the bread.
    adding the milk cream and sugar mix
  • Cover the pan/dish tightly and allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator.

For the topping:

  • Mix the flour, sugar of choice, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in a separate bowl.
    Topping for the baked Frenh Toast
  • Stir together using a fork.
  • Add the butter and mix it all together by hand or with a pastry cutter, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Store in an air tight container in the fridge, separate from the casserole.

When you’re ready to bake the overnight French toast casserole:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  • Remove the casserole from the fridge and sprinkle on the topping.
  • Bake for 40 minutes for a softer, custardy, bread pudding texture or for 1 hour or more for a firmer, crisper texture.
    Topping sprinkled on and baked in the oven
  • Remove from oven and serve warm, with guests able to add yoghurt, whipped or pouring cream from a bowl on the table. Also have chopped peaches, strawberries, blueberries or suitable fruit you have harvested from the homestead in a bowl for guests to add, followed by a drizzle of raw honey or maple syrup.

Notes

To Serve:
  • Warmed raw honey or maple syrup
  • Fresh whipped cream or custard (optional)
  • Fresh berries or chopped fruit such as strawberries, blueberries or peaches.