Valentine’s Day is coming and I have the perfect breakfast for you to serve to your loved ones. This French Toast Casserole is to-die-for!
The secret? It only looks fancy…in fact, this dish is easy, and it has to be prepared the night before. When you wake up on Thursday morning and you are running around the house trying to get out the door for work, for school, or for your child’s playgroup, you can just pop this in the oven and you look like a hero!
Some evenings we have “breakfast for dinner,” and I have served this as the main course for my family. I add some hash browns and some fruit on the side and the meal is complete. As you know, I love a dinner that I can make in the morning and not have to worry about at the end of the day!
This recipe actually came from my mom’s good friend Carol, who she has known for almost 40 years! Back in November of 2004, Carol hosted a bridal shower for me in her beautiful home. All of the guests at my shower gave me recipes so that I would be able to prepare decent meals for my new husband. I have tried most of the recipes and they have all been delicious – after all, they were presumably some of the guests’ favorites. This one is absolutely a winner. The first time that Keith tried it he just kept saying, “this is delicious.” And it truly is.
Here’s a picture of Carol (on the far left) – as well as some of my mom’s other best friends (and shower co-hosts). Hi Joyce, Fredda, and Linda! I will share their recipes at a later date as well!
- 1 (14 oz) loaf French bread
- 1 stick butter
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 2 T. light corn syrup
- 6 eggs
- 1 ½ cups milk (whole milk is best, but 2% is okay as well. Just don’t use skim because you need the fat for the custard)
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- Cut bread into ¾ –inch thick slices.
- Melt butter, sugar, and syrup in a small saucepan over low heat. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 1 minute (be careful not to burn).
- Spray a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Pour melted butter mixture into the bottom of the pan. Place the slices of bread on top.
- In a medium bowl (or in a very large measuring cup) whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour over the bread, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, remove plastic wrap and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Serve with syrup.