Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and so one of my favorite things to do is to have breakfast for dinner. Sunday night seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so and so I made a french toast bake that was absolutely delicious. It had all the essence of french toast with a little extra sweet kick to it (my favorite) that I actually did not need to use syrup! This could even be used as a dessert, not just breakfast. It is a fun, easy, beautiful way to serve up french toast. The recipe follows!
1 stick melted butter (1/2 cup)
1 cup brown sugar
1 loaf of bread (Texas toast preferably)
1 1/2 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
Cinnamon for sprinkling
Granulated white sugar for sprinkling
Powdered sugar for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter in the microwave and mix in the brown sugar until well combine.
Pour and spread 3/4 of the butter and brown sugar mixture evenly in the bottom of the 9 x 13 in pan.
Beat the eggs, milk, and vanilla until well mixed. Once well mixed, add a teaspoon of powdered sugar and beat until mixed in.
Lay a single layer of bread on the butter and brown sugar mixture and spoon half the egg mixture on the bread. Sprinkle cinnamon over this layer-the amount depends how much cinnamon you like!
Add the second, and final, layer of bread down and spoon over the rest of the egg mixture. Spread the final 1/4 of the butter and brown sugar mixture over the top of the final layer lightly and evenly.
Finally, for browning purposes, lightly sprinkle the top with granulated white sugar and cinnamon.
Bake for 45 minutes or until the edges and top are browned and the middle is bubbly. The final dish should be crispy on the top but moist within the center.
Lightly sprinkle powdered sugar on the top. Serve warm. It is up to you if you would like to serve with warm syrup-I did not think it was necessary.