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Old 01-03-2008, 03:15 PM   #11
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overnight French toast

do look up a strata recipe for a French toast version. Expand on it if you like like raisins added, or dried cherries, or layered with blueberries. Essentially, cut thick slices of good somewhat stale French bread, butter it, and fit it into a low casserole so that the bread is snuggly fitting in there. Make your favorite egg and cream/milk/, vanilla, nutmeg, and a little honey/maple syrup or sugar mixture. Pour it over the bread and cover it with Saran wrap. Refrigerate overnight and then set it into the oven in the morning. Be careful not to put it into the really hot oven from the frig. I put it cold into my convection oven and then turn the oven on. Bake until egg mix is set and the bread is browned on top.

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Old 01-03-2008, 05:26 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by ErikC View Post
Ummm....could you post that casserole recipe here? Sounds yummy, and I bet a lot of people would like it!!
Your wish is my command:

Caramel French Toast

1-1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
cup butter or margarine
5 Tablespoons light corn syrup
10 slices (1-1/4 thick) French bread slices
4 eggs, beaten
2-1/2 cups of milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
cup butter or margarine, melted

1. In medium saucepan combine brown sugar, cup butter and corn syrup stirring constantly, cook over a medium heat until bubbly, maybe 5 minutes.
2. Pour this evenly into a greased 9x13 pan top with bread slices.
3. Mix eggs, milk, vanilla and salt. Pour over the bread and cover. Refrigerate at least 8 hours.

In the morning----

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the bread. Drizzle the cup melted butter or margarine over the top. Bake this, uncovered, for 45-50 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

I found this recipe in a Mississippi cookbook from a very good friend of mine! Enjoy!

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Old 01-03-2008, 05:34 PM   #13
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Have you considered a french toast casserole? I prepare it the night before and pop it in the oven in the morning. My family likes it better than traditional french toast - PM me if you want the recipe......nice cinnamon crust on top, very tasty!
virgo152 is concerned with the time it takes to prepare regular French toast. Just preheating the oven would take almost as long as cooking the French toast on the stove top.
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Yeah, I was thinking that as I saw how long it took to cook. I figured if all prep work was done the night before - it really doesn't take long to assemble, that maybe it could cook while virgo was preparing for work - yet another option, assemble and cook the night before and nuke a piece in the morning - been known to do that too!
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:41 PM   #15
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Yes, that is true. Its so hard to cook in the morning so I eat oatmeal at work.
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Old 01-03-2008, 07:45 PM   #16
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If you have really nice thick slices of bread, you can make a cream cheese and jam or marmalade filling, and slice pockets into the bread and fill them before soaking and frying. I know that hardly solves the time issue, but I thought it might be a good place to mention it.


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