I’ve gotten lucky with a lot of things in my life, and one of them is that I have a husband who fixes my boys’ breakfast every school day (he makes their lunches, too)! I readily admit that I don’t always manage it, but to mix things up a little bit, I usually try to make something a little special on the weekend. This easy but delicious Overnight French Toast makes it seem like I’ve spent hours in the kitchen, but still gives me time to sit and really savor a big cup of coffee! ~Tracy
¼ c. (half a stick) butter, melted
¾ c. packed brown sugar
1 loaf brioche or firm French bread (enough to generously cover a 9 x 13 pan, cut into 1½ in. chunks)
1 c. milk (preferably whole milk)
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground ginger
In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and melted butter. Spread butter and sugar mixture in the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish that you have pre-sprayed with cooking spray.
Arrange pieces of bread in dish, overlapping if necessary.
In a separate bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, vanilla, salt, cinnamon and ginger and mix well.
Pour the milk and egg mixture evenly over the bread pieces.
Cover the dish in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. Overnight is best, since this allows the liquid mixture to completely soak into the bread.
To cook, remove plastic wrap and allow to sit at room temperature for at least 10 – 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Serve with maple syrup. Makes approximately 6 to 8 servings.