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Overnight French Toast

Today I’m sharing with you my overnight french toast recipe. Anytime I can make something ahead of time, wake up in the morning and have it cook while I’m getting ready is great. 🙂 Especially because I have a family that likes to eat a big breakfasts everyday. Sure we have cereal every so often, but to be honest… we usually have a breakfast with some fruit, protein (eggs or meat) and a bread (pancakes, waffles, toast, etc). Thankfully… we are very active outside.

Some Background

Mine is very similar to bread pudding when it’s done and the preparation is close to a custard. In the end, you end up with a crisp topping, and soft smooth middle. This is a crowd pleaser EVERYTIME I make it. I had to start doubling my batches in order to have enough for everyone when we have group brunches.

You really don’t even need syrup, in my opinion. Seriously, this is pretty sweet. I actually personally like to add some freshly made whipped cream and fresh fruit. Unless you’re my youngest, and will still add a little maple syrup because… well you can. 🙂

Quick note…

I do use almond extract in this recipe, but it is optional. If you don’t like it or can’t eat it, just don’t use it. Also, I use Brioche Bread for this. The texture and flavor is perfect for it and if you have never used it, I highly recommend trying it. You can bake it from scratch, but honestly… this is one of those times I go to a bakery and buy it (preferably un-sliced, but no need to be picky, just double up on the slices if it’s sliced already). Jump to Recipe

Ingredients:

  1. 6 eggs

  2. 1/4 cup of white sugar

  3. 1 – 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk

  4. 14oz of whole milk (basically refill the can with milk)

  5. 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract

  6. 1 tsp. almond extract (optional)

  7. 1/4 cup of brown sugar

  8. 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

  9. 1/2 tsp ground cloves

  10. pinch of salt

  11. one loaf of Brioche Bread sliced in 6 thick pieces

  12. 1/4 cup of white sugar for the topping after baking

Preparation:

  1. In a small sauce pan whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, vanilla extract, almond extract (optional), brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt on a medium heat. Let it heat to almost a boil (do not let it actually boil) and whisking every so often while it is heating up.

  2. While the milk mixture heats, whisk briskly the eggs and white sugar together until completely combined, light in color and slightly frothy (about 4 minutes or so) in a separate bowl.

  3. Now, this is important: Once the milk mixture is warm, you must take remove it from the heat, and take ONE cup of the milk and VERY slowly add it to the egg mixture, constantly whisking until all the milk has been added. you are tempering the eggs so you don’t end up with scrabbled eggs in your french toast. Once you have done that, just take the pot, and slowly add the rest of the milk mixture until completely combined.

  4. In a 9X13 pan spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour a small amount of the egg mixture (about 1/4 of the mixture) at the bottom of the pan. Add the 6 slices of bread and pour the remaining mixture all over the bread.

  5. Let sit overnight.

Baking (the next day…) :

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F Bake for 45 min.

  2. Pull out the French toast, sprinkle on the white sugar until barely covered (about 1/4 of a cup).

  3. Put bake in the oven and broiler setting on the top rack for about 5-10 min or until you get a nice crisp crust. (This is also optional an not required)

  4. Let sit for about 5 min and serve with powdered sugar, whip cream and fruit, or what ever else you enjoy on your french toast. 🙂


Overnight French Toast

A bread pudding like overnight french toast that’s sure to wow everyone!

Course Breakfast

Cuisine American

Ingredients

  1. 6 eggs

  2. 1/4 cup of white sugar

  3. 1 – 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk

  4. 14 oz of whole milk basically refill the can with milk

  5. 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract

  6. 1 tsp. almond extract optional

  7. 1/4 cup of brown sugar

  8. 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

  9. 1/2 tsp ground cloves

  10. pinch of salt

  11. 1 loaf Brioche Bread sliced in 6 thick pieces

  12. 1/4 cup  white sugar for the topping after baking

Instructions

In a small sauce pan whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, vanilla extract, almond extract (optional), brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt on a medium heat. Let it heat to almost a boil (do not let it actually boil) and whisking every so often while it is heating up.

While the milk mixture heats, whisk briskly the eggs and white sugar together until completely combined, light in color and slightly frothy (about 4 minutes or so) in a separate bowl.

Now, this is important: Once the milk mixture is warm, you must take remove it from the heat, and take ONE cup of the milk and VERY slowly add it to the egg mixture, constantly whisking until all the milk has been added. you are tempering the eggs so you don’t end up with scrabbled eggs in your french toast. Once you have done that, just take the pot, and slowly add the rest of the milk mixture until completely combined.

In a 9X13 pan spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour a small amount of the egg mixture (about 1/4 of the mixture) at the bottom of the pan. Add the 6 slices of bread and pour the remaining mixture all over the bread.

Let sit overnight.

Baking (the next day…) :

Preheat oven to 375°F Bake for 45 min.

Pull out the French toast, sprinkle on the white sugar until barely covered (about 1/4 of a cup).

Put bake in the oven and broiler setting on the top rack for about 5-10 min or until you get a nice crisp crust. (optional)

Let sit for about 5 min and serve with powdered sugar, whip cream and fruit, or what ever else you enjoy on your french toast. 🙂

Notes

I do use almond extract in this recipe, but it is optional. If you don’t like it or can’t eat it, just don’t use it. Also, I use Brioche Bread for this. The texture and flavor is perfect for it and if you have never used it, I highly recommend trying it. You can bake from scratch, but honestly… this is one of those times I go to a bakery and buy it.

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