I woke up Christmas morning and it hit me. I wanted french toast. However, there was no way in hell I was about to spend 20 minutes in front of the stove flipping bread. The kids were ravenous for presents, Mr. C had a nasty rash which required running to the Shoppette for 'sposies, and well.. it just wasn't gonna happen.
Most french toast casserole recipes are an overnight deal. You have to be proactive and plan ahead. That is not me.
Luckily there are other procrastinating, last second decision making, french toast lovers out there! I found a really simple recipe at Not Derby Pie that was simple to work with. So, with smart phone in hand, I began rummaging around the kitchen for supplies.
You can really play around with this recipe (I sure did). So feel free to add whatever yummy bits you find in your cupboard!
My recipe is for just two people, but you can easily expand this to accommodate more by using a bigger pan and more milk and eggs. It's really a lot like preparing the bread to be put in the frying pan, but instead you're laying it neatly in a greased baking dish and shoving it in the oven while you do other equally important things (like putting on mascara).
- 8x8 baking dish
- Bread (I used regular old sandwich bread, however if you have something higher quality it will taste even better!)
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups milk (I used fat free since that's what I had on hand)
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- cinnamon to taste
- Yummy Bits (nuts, chocolate chips, etc..)
Preheat oven to 425F. Beat the eggs and combine with milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Grease baking dish and line with first layer of bread, pour half of mixture over bread. If you have yummy bits to add then go ahead and throw some across this bottom layer. Drop a little butter here and there over the bread. I don't think this is necessary, but some mornings I like to pretend I'm old school Paula Dean.
Repeat with second layer. Not Derby Pie recommended tearing up a piece of bread to fill in the gaps, I agree wholeheartedly. Do it. Throw on more yummy bits and some butter for kicks.
Stick it in the oven. Your house will begin to smell amazing approximately 10 minutes in.
Bake for 25 minutes.
- 3 layers are a no-go. The top layer turns out dry because all the liquid has soaked to the bottom. If you really need 3 layers either get a bigger dish and stick with 2 layers or add more milk and egg.
- Play around with this, Not Derby Pie's recipe includes alcohol. Unfortunately I was baking for my children as well, otherwise I would have gone that route. In fact, I almost did go that route anyway. I added pecans and dark chocolate chips to mine. Mr. Eight thought it was too much but he's boring. It was ab fab!
- Let me know if this works out for you in the comments below!