Thursday, May 6, 2010

Busy Day Breakfast: Oven French Toast

This is what I make when I want to get laundry on the line, take a shower, start a batch of bread, go to market and get the kids out the door by 9am (dressed; and I dress too).

Recently I came across some Pepperidge Farm whole wheat raisin cinnamon bread at my discount grocer for $1.50 a loaf. For this recipe, I stacked two slices to get the requisite 1" slices.

Oven Baked French Toast (from Recipes from the Old Mill - lots of tweaks from me)

Generously butter a 9x13 baking pan.

Place 1" thick slices of bread in pan (about 8 slices French bread).

Combine and pour over the bread:
4 eggs
2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon (skip if using cinnamon bread)
pinch salt

Using same bowl, mix with fingers and sprinkle evenly over the bread:
1/2 c. dark brown sugar, packed
1-2 Tbs. corn syrup or honey
3/4 c. chopped pecans (can add raisins here if using cinnamon raisin bread)
(sometimes I add a little pat of butter to each slice too!)

Soak overnight - either in fridge or in oven set on timed bake. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Serve with a little extra syrup. Supposedly serves four.

My husband and I were invited to a champagne brunch on a Friday night one time and it was such fun that I later planned one for some friends. We felt merry eating bacon and French toast for dinner and pleasantly devious drinking champagne with it.


Christian - Modobject@Home said...

I'm definitely going to try this recipe, it sounds wonderful yet so practical for a school morning when we're trying to get out the door yet I want my school boy to eat a hearty breakfast. Thanks for sharing.

Beth said...

I feel myself going into a happy sugar coma reading this recipe! BB made me french toast for my birthday breakfast - it was coated in sliced almonds and ground flax. SO GOOD. Very gourmet tasting.

And, hey, I DO have a way to fight fruit flies...let me know if you want me to email you about it...the only reason the flies persist right now is that I haven't been fighting them aggressively enough or keeping the kitchen clean enough. It's very doable, though!! (the method)

Beth said...

Well, I wrote a long comment and it got erased somehow...

Recipe looks divine! BB made French Toast coated in sliced almonds and ground flax for my bday breakfast (bacon too!). VERY GOOD.

I have a way to fight the fruit flies. Let me know if you want me to email you the method!

Margo said...

Beth, I would love to know your method! Deanna Beth left a method that is similar to the one I use (cider vinegar) in the comments on the fleas post.
And your husband's French toast sounds amazing.

Beth said...

Guess my previous comment DID post! Will email you re the flies!

Jennifer Jo said...

That looks GOOD. I'm bookmarking it.