If you need a good brunch idea for your missionary farewell, 4th of July festivities, or just a wonderful Sat. summer breakfast go for this. It's awesome, and you will love every last bite.
Baked French Toast
Recipe from The Pioneer Woman and slightly adapted by me
1 loaf Crusty Sourdough Or French Bread
8 whole Eggs
2 cups Whole Milk
½ cups Whipping (heavy) Cream (if you have it. Sometimes I just use 2% milk.)
1/2 cups Sugar
1 t. Vanilla Extract
½ cups All-purpose Flour
½ cups Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
¼ teaspoons Salt
1 stick Cold Butter, Cut Into Pieces
Fresh Fruit (optional, but I'm totally going to add frozen blackberries the next time I make this!)
Grease 9 x 13-inch baking pan with butter. Tear bread into chunks (or cut into cubes) and evenly distribute in the pan.
Mix together eggs, milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla. Pour evenly over bread. Cover tightly and store in the fridge several hours or overnight.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add nutmeg if desired. Add butter pieces and but into the dry mixture until mixture resembles fine pebbles. Store in a Ziploc in the fridge.
When you’re ready to bake the casserole, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove casserole from fridge and sprinkle crumb mixture over the top. (If you’re using fruit, sprinkle on before the crumb mixture.) Bake for 45 minutes for a softer, more bread pudding texture. Bake 1 hour or more for a firmer, less liquid texture. (I baked it 1 hour and 15 mins.)
Scoop out individual portions. Top with butter and drizzle with maple syrup. (Better yet, Buttermilk Syrup!) You could totally serve this as dessert as well. Just add some vanilla ice cream and your set to go. )
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. corn syrup
1/2 c. buttermilk
1/2 t. baking soda
Bring to a boil. Make in a big pot because it foams up a ton. Boil for about 5 mins until a thick caramel color. Take off heat and add 1/2 t. vanilla. This is to die for. Serve with anything. It is fabulous over fresh fruit, pound cake and peaches, or anything that needs a little sauciness.