I love making it for the 4 of us when I have leftover French bread on hand. We recently discovered that it is also delicious when made with sourdough bread. Fortunately, it's easy to grab a loaf from the store when I don't have any extra. I found this recipe on one of my favorite blogs, Two Peas & Their Pod, but it originated from the Pioneer Woman. It makes a huge batch, so I cut the recipe in half for just the 4 of us, and we still have leftovers.
Cinnamon Baked French Toast
- 1 loaf French, or sourdough, bread
- 8 large eggs
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
Directions:Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. I use an 8 x 8-inch square dish when I cut the recipe in half. Tear the bread into chunks, or cut it into cubes, and place evenly in the dish.
In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, cream, sugar and vanilla extract. Pour this mixture evenly over the bread. Cover the pan with saran wrap and store it in the refrigerator for several hours, or overnight.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add the butter pieces and cut into the dry mixture using a fork, or pastry cutter. Combine until the mixture resembles sand with some pea-sized chunks. Cover and store mixture in the refrigerator.
When you're ready to bake it, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the casserole from the refrigerator and sprinkle the streusel topping over the top. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the French toast is set and golden brown. Enjoy!