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If you're looking for a delicious brunch item that you can prepare mostly in advance, check out this French Toast Bake – it is so good!
French Toast Bake Recipe
I'm sure you've heard a time or two that breakfast for dinner is a fantastic way to make those pennies stretch a little further when trying to cut down your grocery budget. The problem is, sometimes even plain old breakfast for dinner can take too long on a busy weeknight (at least at our house!), so by making this french toast in the morning for dinner, you'll have a frugal dinner prepared first thing in the morning!
You can also prepare this ahead of time for the next morning's breakfast, which is such a great way to save time on a busy morning. We served it for dinner though with eggs and fresh fruit, and it was a hit at our house. (And talk about a penny-pinched meal . . . I'm thinking we all ate for less than $5. Success!). This is also a great idea for Mother's Day brunch.
- brown sugar
- texas toast (bread alternatives: croissants, cut-up cinnamon rolls)
- powdered sugar
- white sugar
- maple syrup
Here's how to make french toast baked casserole:
Start by melting the butter in the microwave, and then add in your brown sugar. Stir until mixed.
Spread your butter-sugar mixture completely over the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Beat eggs, milk and vanilla and then set aside.
Layer bread over sugar mixture and pour half of the egg mixture over the bread. Add your second layer of Texas toast (you can trim the crust to look prettier if you'd like!).
Spoon the remaining egg mixture on top of the second layer of Texas Toast. Mix together white sugar and cinnamon and then sprinkle on top of the dish.
Cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight, or cover at least 6 hours if you're making it in the morning for dinner later that day.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove aluminum foil and bake for an additional 25 minutes, or until bread is cooked through.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup. Yum!
French Toast Bake
- 1 stick butter melted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 loaf texas toast
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 4 whole eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- powdered sugar for sprinkling
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- maple syrup
- Melt butter in microwave, then add brown sugar. Stir until mixed.
- Spread butter-sugar mixture completely over the bottom of a 9x13 pan.Beat eggs, milk & vanilla. Set aside.
- Layer bread over sugar mixture.Pour half the egg mixture over the bread.Add second layer of Texas Toast (I trimmed the crust off this layer to make it look prettier!)
- Spoon remaining egg mixture on top of the second layer of Texas Toast.Mix together white sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle over the top of the dish. (I guessed the amount that I used . . . just sprinkle until you feel that you have enough cinnamon sugar covering the toast!)
- Cover & chill in refrigerator overnight, or cover at least six hours if you're making it in the morning for dinner.
- Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove aluminum foil and bake an additional 25 minutes, or until bread is cooked through (will be moist though).
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar.Serve with maple syrup . . . yummm!
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