Tuesday, September 10, 2013

sugar crusted vanilla french toast

we love breakfast around here, in case you haven't noticed. 
i first made this yummy french toast for chase last valentines day, and he was a big fan..so we kept it in the recipe box. i made a few changes to lighten it up, and made it again this weekend when my brother and sister in law came to visit. they were big fans too, so i decided it was finally time to share it here...and because my sister-in-law asked! one reason i love this recipe for special occasions: you start it the night before! this saves time the morning of, since you just mix up the topping, pour it over and bake. enjoy!
• sugar crusted vanilla french toast 
1 loaf of good, crusty bread sourdough or french bread..{about a 1 pound loaf}
for the custard:
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
for the sugar crust:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter {can sub coconut oil}
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbl. light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 day ahead: spray a 9x9 inch pan with nonstick spray. add the bread slices, stacked standing up. set aside while you mix up the custard.
  • in a medium bowl, add the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and salt and whisk together. pour the mixture over all the bread slices inside the pan. *make sure to evenly coat and soak each piece, this is so important! seal the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
the next morning:
  • preheat the oven to 350. get your french toast casserole from the fridge and prepare topping.
  • melt butter in large bowl. once melted, add the brown sugar and corn syrup, whisking well to combine. microwave on high a few more times in 30 second bursts until the sugar melts and sauce is bubbly. whisk in vanilla extract.
  • pour the sugar mixture over the french toast casserole, covering all parts!! bake for 40-45 minutes, until the french toast puffs up and is golden and baked through. serve warm with powdered sugar!

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  1. This looks amazing! Thanks for the amazing recipe Em!

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  2. If i could eat breakfast for every meal you know i would. these look absolutely delish!

  3. This looks incredible! I'll definitely have to try this sometime soon.

  4. This looks delicious!! Adding to my recipes to try!!


  5. Good grief, I was trying not to read this post, but the pictures just drew me in! I love french toast! One Sunday, I'll have to give this version a try.

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

  6. This looks amazing. I'm a pretty big breakfast person as well. Definitely keeping this recipe in mind for the near future!

  7. I just felt my waist go up a size haha. yum!

  8. This recipe is amazing!!! Thanks for sharing and especially for making it for us. You are the best!

  9. I came back home for a few days as I working close to my parents' house and everyday my mom has woken up to make me breakfast before I leave...and today was French toast! I need to share this recipe with her so she can put a spin on it for next time - it looks soo yummy ;)

    Kam x | A Married Couple & Their Travels

    1. love that! hope she makes it...and how fun that you're home! best feeling! xo

  10. This looks really good! I LOVE french toast!

  11. Does it HAVE to'sit overnight???

  12. Does it HAVE to'sit overnight???

    1. It would probably be okay just to soak the morning of and bake, it's just even better to have more soaking time. Try it and let me know! Xo


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