This is the epitome of comfort food right here! So fulfilling & good for the soul kind of breakfast to start your day off on the right foot. It’s so easy to make and the best part? You don’t have to do much work in the morning to have breakfast ready to feed a small army! You have to love that. Who wants to wake up and have to slave over the stove first thing in the morning? Not me that’s for sure. I’d rather sleep in and have an easy make ahead breakfast ready to go so I can enjoy it as well.
So go ahead & make sure you have everything you need for this the day before. Prepare it while you relax with a glass of wine at night. The next morning, pop this bad boy in the oven and chill with a cup of coffee while it’s baking away making your entire home smell heavenly!
That cinnamon, sugar & butter crust topping is crunchy & chewy. A perfect contrast to the super moist & fluffy bread inside!
Here is what you need to make this glorious concoction:
2 Tbsp Butter, For Greasing 9 x13 baking dish
1 loaf French Bread – sliced into 1″ pieces
10 Medium Sized Eggs (or 8 large)
2 1/2 cups Half & Half
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
1 stick Cold Butter, Cut Into Small Pieces
This is how we do it baby:
For the French toast: Grease the baking dish with butter. Layer the slices of french bread in 2 rows. I had about 10 pieces on both sides and then filled in the middle with a little extra bread, from the ends that I tore into pieces. Crack the eggs in a big bowl. With a hand mixer on medium speed, beat together the eggs, half & half, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Pour evenly over the bread. Cover the baking dish tightly and store in the fridge overnight.
For the topping: Mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon & salt in a separate bowl. Stir together using a fork. Add the butter and with a pastry cutter, or 2 knives, and mix it all together until the mixture is crumbly. Cover the bowl and stick that in the fridge until ready to use.
When you’re ready to bake the casserole, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the casserole from the fridge and sprinkle the topping over the top. Bake for 45 – 60 minutes. If you prefer a lighter, bread pudding like texture bake 45 minutes. If you want it well done with a firmer texture, bake 60 minutes. I like it in the middle, so I bake it for 50 minutes. Cooking times could also differ depending on the type of dish (glass, ceramic, metal, etc.) you are using, so just check it after 45 minutes to see if it’s done to your liking.
Let it set for about 10 minutes then it’s ready to serve! Scoop out individual portions. Top it with whatever you like! We like it with raspberry sauce or good ol’ maple syrup.
Serves a lot. 8-10 depending on the portion size.