At any time when I go to my sister, like I did a number of days in the past, dinnertime is a wealthy, if chaotic affair. There's my family of four, her household of 5, an assortment of her three children’ buddies, their grownup buddies, a favourite neighbor and his two children, typically my mother and father and my brother and his household, and naturally, an assortment of pups ready patiently underfoot for scraps. The cooking begins within the early afternoon, and sooner or later, panic will set in about whether or not or not we’ll have sufficient meals, and somebody will jet off on yet one more journey to the shop. If it feels like I’m complaining, I'm completely not. The meals are boisterous and loud and scrumptious, and when one is within the calendar, I sit up for all of it month lengthy.
However come breakfast? I don’t need to begin the entire cycle over once more. Which is the place this lovely baked French toast is available in. It takes just a few minutes to assemble at evening, after which within the morning, all it's important to do is shove it within the oven, then watch because it will get golden and puffy and crispy-custardy. This previous weekend, I made it with a stale challah (it’s a fantastic use for previous bread!) and topped it with strawberries, powdered sugar, and syrup, however you should utilize brioche or good white bread, and prime it with toasted nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds), whipped cream, honey, you title it. May we have now simply picked up a dozen bagels or set out a number of bins of Corn Flakes? Positive. However the place’s the enjoyable in that?
In a single day Baked French Toast
2 tablespoons unsalted butter for greasing pan, plus extra for serving
1 loaf challah, ideally stale (sufficient for about 8 3/4-inch thick slices)
1 1/2 cups complete milk
3 massive eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
kosher salt, to style
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Non-obligatory toppings: crushed toasted pecans or walnuts, recent berries, powdered sugar
Wedge bread slices into one layer on the underside of a buttered 13-by-9-inch baking dish. (You may rip or lower up the slices as much as make all the pieces match if it's important to.) In a medium bowl or massive measuring cup, whisk collectively the milk, eggs, vanilla, salt, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Pour the combination over the bread, then cowl with plastic wrap and chill in a single day (or as much as 24 hours).
When it’s time to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F and take away the baking dish from the fridge to deliver to room temperature. Combine collectively remaining sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle excessive. Bake uncovered till puffy and golden, 45 to 50 minutes. Serve heat with butter, syrup, and non-obligatory toppings.