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Easy French Toast Casserole

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French Toast is delicious when baked in a custardy casserole. Using challah really puts it over the edge taste wise. If you are making this for a Mother’s Day Celebration, a large family or friends’ gathering, preparing the French toast this way saves time and tastes absolutely fabulous. My 103-year-old mother had 3 large pieces!

 

The name for French Toast in French is Pain Perdu, that is “lost” or leftover bread.  We don’t always think of such a glamorous dish as this one with leftovers. It’s perfect to bring for a buffet, your family will love it as "breakfast for dinner" and of course, it makes a glorious breakfast.

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Easy French Toast Casserle

 

Serves 4-5

 

5 tablespoons butter or margarine

1/2 leftover challah, cut into 3/4” slices, about 7-8 slices

5 eggs

3/4 cup cream or milk of choice

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

2-3 tablespoons marmalade or jam of choice, melted

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. Melt 5 tablespoons butter. Pour into oven proof baking dish with sides.

  3. Dip challah slices into butter and then shingle slices evenly into baking dish.

  4. Custard mixture: Beat eggs and add cream or milk, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk together until thoroughly combined. Pour egg mixture over challah slices. The liquid should come up to the top of the challah.  Let sit for 10 minutes to allow the mixture to soak into the challah.

  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until challah is firm and top is slightly golden.

  6. Brush with melted marmalade, adding more if needed. Serve immediately. Freezes well. Recipe easily doubles.

 

Tip: If you are using fresh break, let it sit out overnight as the slightly stale bread keeps its shape better when immersed in the custard mixture.

 

Expandthe table Suggestions

 

Dairy free: Use dairy free margarine and a nut or seed milk, such as Almond Milk

Bread choices: Use any white, egg or whole wheat bread. Raisin Bread is delicious. Slightly stale is best.

Toppings: Try sliced fresh strawberries or blueberries sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar

Gluten Free: Use a gluten free bread.

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