Perfect for Christmas morning and summer family gatherings.
French Toast Ingredients
- 1 loaf french bread
- 8 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- OR replace the milk and heavy cream with 2 1/2 cups of 1/2 and 1/2
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 Tablespoons vanilla (real vanilla is best)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick ( 1/2 cup) cold butter
- Spray or grease a 9 x 13 pan.
- Tear bread into bit-size pieces and spread in bottom of pan.
- Whisk eggs, milk, cream, sugar and vanilla and pour over bread. Pat bread down with spoon making sure all the bread is covered.
- Cover bread and egg mixture with saran wrap or foil and place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours. It works well to soak over night and bake in the morning.
- For topping: cut the cold butter into slices, add flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Mix together with a pastry blender or gently with your hands until small pebbles form.
- Put topping ingredients in an air tight baggie and place in refrigerator.
- When ready to bake, sprinkle topping over the bread and egg mixture.
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Bake for 45 – 60 minutes. The french toast will pull away from the edges when done. Insert a knife or toothpick to check in the middle for doneness.
- Serve with Butter Cream Syrup. The syrup truly makes a difference and it is super easy to make. In a time crunch – maple syrup will do.
Our family enjoys this dish every Christmas morning. I love that I can make it ahead of time and bake it first thing in the morning without any fuss. This recipe was given to me by a church member when I offered to help fix breakfast for an activity. I’ve made a few adaptations over the years and it truly is a family favorite. Left-overs keep well, making it a bonus to double the recipe and bake in a deep dish. Hope your family enjoys it as much as mine.