I love going out for brunch but find the long waits at my favourite breakfast spots both tedious and frustrating. Lately I’ve found it more enjoyable to invite friends over for brunch rather than stand outside on a cold day waiting for a table to be ready. When I told my daughter that I was going to do a “French Toast Post” we both laughed at how that sounded, but in the end, I thought it had a nice ring to it. Best of all, this recipe for French toast is easy to prepare and can be made either the night before or even a few weeks in advance. This is a tasty dish to have ready when you have company staying with you, or if you want to have friends over for brunch on the weekend. My favourite toppings are whipped cream and fruit, but some people prefer them plain or with a dusting of icing sugar or a drizzle of syrup. I also like to serve yogurt parfaits alongside this brunch item. Get out the orange juice and put on a fresh pot of coffee and you are all ready for a delightful meal.
Overnight French Toast
¼ cup butter or margarine, melted
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
7 large eggs
2 cups milk
1/3 cup sugar
¼ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. cinnamon plus extra for topping
¼ tsp. salt
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
1 load of French bread, cut into 1″ slices
- Combine melted butter with brown sugar and pour over baking sheet or pan.
- Beat eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg until combined. Dip both sides of each bread slice into egg mixture. Lay on baking sheet. Dust with cinnamon.
- Pour any remaining mixture over slices. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Can also be frozen at this point for use at a later date.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove from oven and serve with fresh fruit, syrup and whip cream. You can also serve it with a dusting of powdered sugar and maple syrup (or any other flavour of syrup). For a more hearty brunch, serve bacon or sausage alongside.
- I also like to serve yogurt parfaits as an accompaniment to this brunch item.
Slice a loaf of French bread into 1 inch pieces. Melt butter, add brown sugar and spread over baking sheet.
Mix together the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon & nutmeg. Dip your slices of bread into this mixture and arrange on your cookie sheet.
Sprinkle some additional cinnamon on top.
Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
I like to serve this brunch item with yogurt parfaits. They are easy to assemble and are a nice accompaniment to the French toast. Simply layer yogurt with fruit and granola. You might also choose to serve bacon or sausages with this meal to make it even more hearty.