Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Easy Baked French Toast Recipe

I love having guests over at my house -- it gives me the opportunity to cook and try out new recipes!  I will admit though, it can get tiring after a few days so I have some recipes that I keep on hand that are super easy, can feed a crowd, and that you can just throw in the oven so you can enjoy time with your company.  

One of my tried and true recipes is baked french toast.  It is delicious and makes its own syrup.  If you want to be super fancy, you can put out a bowl of berries as topping.  You make it the night before so all you have to do is throw it in the oven in the morning (and then you can spend your time working on getting some coffee in your system so you can function!).

6 slices of french bread
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 tbl corn syrup
1 tbl raw agave nectar
5 eggs
1 cup of half and half
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt

1.  Slice the french bread into six slices.  Leave the crusts on! 

2.  In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter.  Then add and mix in the brown sugar, corn syrup, and agave nectar.  Heat until the sugar is dissolved and the ingredients are smooth and combined.

3.   Pour the sugar mixture into a 9x13 glass baking dish.  Placed the sliced french bread on top of the sugar sauce in one layer.

4.  In a bowl, mix the eggs, half and half, heavy cream, vanilla and salt.

5.  Pour the egg mixture over top of the bread.  Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

6.  The next morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Remove the dish from the refridgerator and bring to room temperature.  Place in the oven and cook for 45-50 until golden brown.

7. Serve with a side of your favorite berries (or by itself!).

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