Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Morning Make-Ahead Baked French Toast

This is my SIL's traditional breakfast for Christmas morning, and I'm getting the recipe down before her copy dissolves into tatters in her recipe box :)

Holiday Morning French Toast

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 tsp cinnamon (divided)
3 tart apples: peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1 loaf Italian or French bread, cut into 1 inch slices
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1 Tbsp vanilla

Combine brown sugar, butter and 1 tsp cinnamon in a 9x13" baking dish. Add apples and cranberries; toss to coat well. Spread apple mixture evenly over bottom of baking dish and arrange slices of bread on top.

Mix eggs, milk, vanilla and remaining 2 tsp cinnamon until well blended. Pour mixture over bread, soaking bread completely. Cover and refrigerate 4-24 hours.

Bake covered with aluminum foil at 375 for 40 minutes, then remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.


Jeff and Meg said...

That looks delicious! I'm going to have to print that one out. Hope you enjoyed all your Christmas festivities!

Dave, Krysten, Andrew, and Kira said...

ohhh, I am definitely going to try that one as well - thanks :)

In Pursuit of His Call said...

I make this recipe too! It's on allrecipe.com :D

However, I take a few shortcuts. I use 1 loaf of Pepperidge Farm cinnamom bread and I just add the eggs and vanilla.

I usually keep out the raisins, but I'll have to try the cranberries!

I've also prepared it at night or the morning of and they both worked out. If I prepare it the morning of, then when I'm pouring the milk mixture in, I make sure that all the bread pieces are soaked.