I love a recipe that you can prepare ahead of time and bake when your ready. This make ahead baked French toast recipe is just one of those recipes. This is one of my favorite go-to recipes for when I have overnight guests. It doesn't take long to bake, and smells delicious in the oven. Serve it with some fresh fruit and coffee. Absolutely perfect for any holiday morning.
Make Ahead Baked French Toast
Make it and bake it right away, or prepare the night before to bake in the morning. Delicious no matter what!
Butter, for greasing pan
1 loaf Crusty Sourdough Or French Bread
8 whole Eggs
2 cups Whole Milk
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Flour
1/2 cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Salt
Freshly Grated Nutmeg (optional)
1 stick Cold Butter, Cut Into Pieces
Warm Syrup, For Serving
Butter, For Serving
- Grease the baking pan with butter. Tear the bread into chunks, or cut into cubes, and evenly distribute in the pan. Crack the eggs in a big bowl. Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Pour evenly over the bread. Cover the pan tightly and store in the fridge until needed (overnight preferably).
- For the topping: Mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and some nutmeg in a separate bowl. Stir together using a fork. Add the butter and with a pastry cutter, and mix it all together until the mixture resembles fine pebbles. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge.
- When you're ready to bake the casserole, preheat the oven to 350 F. Remove the casserole from the fridge and sprinkle the topping over the top. Bake for 45 minutes for a softer, more bread pudding texture or for 1 hour-plus or more for a firmer, crisper texture.
Recipe courtesy of The Pioneer Woman