About two weeks ago I hosted a baby shower for a good friend of mine. Every time I have a large group of people for brunch I make at least these two things 1. Strata and 2. Baked French Toast. The Strata recipe I will share at a later time. But I do these things because you can prepare these things the night before, and the day off all you have to do it stick them in the oven in the same temperature and it works out great. Who wants to wake up at 6am on a weekend to start cooking breakfast for 20 people? The Baked French Toast is always a hit, everyone always wants something sweet during a brunch party.
The funny thing is that I had no idea what French toast was before I moved to the US (long time ago) and on top of that I hated sweet things for breakfast, sweet things were for dessert. But I changed pretty quickly, especially after my sister-in-law served this french toast one day for brunch. I have had many different kinds of French Toast and this is my favorite way of doing the French Toast and everyone loves it. Trust me, this is first thing that always goes during brunch.
Baked French Toast
Serves 8-10 | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Bake Time: 45 minutes
1 stick of butter
¾ cups of brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 loaf of cinnamon raisin bread
4 eggs beaten
1 ½ cup of half and half
In a pan slowly melt the butter and add the brown sugar to it and then the cinnamon. Once all melted take the pan off the heat and add the half and half and then add the beaten eggs slowly. You do not want to have the egg curd if the liquid is too hot. Make sure you add the eggs slowly and stir the whole time.
Take a 9×13 inch pan. I use a glass pan and line the pan with sliced cinnamon raisin bread. Make this in two layers so it is ticker than just one slice. If your bread is not pre-cut cut the bread in 1 inch slices instead. Then take the whole mixture and pour it evenly over the bread. Cover the pan and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.
Then bake in a pre-heated 350F degree oven for 35-45 minutes. Then remove the cover off the last 15 minutes to get a crispy top. Serve warm with maple syrup, whipped cream or fresh fruit.