I really like the idea of a nice weekend breakfast but it sort of never happens because by the time we get up and go to the gym on Saturday, it's rather too late to have breakfast and on Sunday we have church at nine a.m. so you can make a guess as to how often I get up early enough on a Sunday to make and eat a nice breakfast AND get ready AND get to church on time.
The answer is generally "never," but last week, I had a major breakthrough.
I'd heard rumors of Baked French Toast that you assembled the night before, let sit all night in the fridge, and then popped in the oven and cooked for 40 minutes. Now that I could do.
And I did.
But did I stop at simple Baked French Toast? Of course not. I made Creme Brulee Baked French toast.
Creme Brulee Baked French Toast
4 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
3 thick slices of French Bread (crusts on or off - I left mine on)
2 large eggs
3/4 cup half-and-half
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon orange juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
In a small saucepan melt butter and add brown sugar and corn syrup, stirring over moderate heat until smooth and pour into a 6 x 9 casserole dish (this is my go-to size whenever I half something that is supposed to be in a 9 x 13).
Lay the slices of bread in the dish.
In a bowl whisk together eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, orange juice, and salt until smooth and pour evenly over the bread slices.
Chill bread mixture, covered, at least 8 hours and up to 1 day.
In the morning, preheat oven to 350° F. and set the dish out to warm up slightly while the oven heats.
Bake uncovered until puffed and edges are golden, about 40 minutes.
Anyway, it was a very good dish, but Bart definitely like it more than I did - it was just a little too sweet for me. So I made a more straightforward version a few days later from Smitten Kitchen (I skipped the alcohol, of course, and used vanilla and almond extract). This one was quite a bit faster and I liked it better, but Bart preferred the first one because it didn't need any additional jam or maple syrup. I guess it's all about your preferences and sugar tolerance.
All in all, I'm completely sold on the whole overnight French Toast idea and both of these recipes are top notch. And clearly this is my new company recipe because it's super easy to toss together and impressive to boot (you're impressed, right?)
[By the way, I'm participating in Whip It Up and this is my recipe for week #1. Check it out - there will be a lot of cool new recipes by the end of the summer, I think].