If your family is anything like ours, Christmas morning often finds you rushing to make a cup of coffee for yourself before the kids tear open all of the gifts under the tree. By the time anyone comes up from the rummage of ripped up wrapping paper and tissue paper, we realize we are starving!
I started making this French Toast Casserole apart of my Christmas cooking routine to have ready to pop in the oven as quickly as I can get the coffee started.
French Toast Casserole
This is a fairly simple french toast casserole recipe and the kids love helping with it!
First, butter the casserole dish.
This next part is so fun for kids! Tear your bread into tiny pieces. This is great for strengthening those little fingers for fine motor skill development!
I bought this nice loaf of sourdough bread from Panera. A lot of times my local grocery store will have bread on the clearance rack since it is a day or two old. That would be perfect for this recipe!
Next, whisk together eggs, milk, sugars and finally the vanilla extract.
I have to say, I am besides myself on how well my 4 year old can crack open eggs. At almost 34 years old, I still pretty much smash eggs every time instead of gracefully cracking it in half.
Pour the mixture over the bread. Cover the casserole dish with tin foil tightly and put it in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake.
Next, make the topping! My favorite part!!
Mix together in a freezer bag or bowl flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Put it in the fridge with the casserole. Before you ready to bake the french toast casserole, sprinkle the topping over the top.
When you are ready to enjoy, bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.
Of course, the next and final step really bakes the dish! Serve with maple syrup and powdered sugar.
- 1 loaf sourdough bread
- 8 whole eggs
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream or coffee creamer
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 stick of butter cubed
- Grease the casserole dish with the butter.
- Tear the bread into chunks and put into the casserole.
- Whisk the eggs, milk, cream, sugars, and vanilla in a bowl.
- Pour over the bread in a casserole.
- Cover the casserole and store in the fridge until you need it. Overnight is best.
- To make the topping, mix together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and butter in a freezer bag. Mix together until the mix is like small pebbles.
- Store in the fridge with the casserole.
- When ready to bake, sprinkle the topping on top of the casserole and bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. The longer you bake, the crispier the casserole will become.
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