Easy Easter Baked French Toast

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The Easter holiday is fast approaching. This day brings to mind many wonderful childhood memories of wearing fancy spring dresses, searching for eggs among the daffodils, and devouring that all important chocolate bunny. As a child we always spent Easter Sunday going to church and then we gathered for a meal with our extended family.

Now, I have a family of my own and I am so happy to begin building holiday traditions with them. Last year, the weather was beautiful. We spent the day at my Sister-In-Law’s home. The kids played outside with bubbles and hunted for candy-filled eggs. We sat down as a family to a delicious brunch on her screened in porch. This is my son showing off his first find.

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This year, it is our turn to host our family for Easter brunch. While I love to entertain, I am unfortunately, not much of a cook. As I mentioned, I have many fond childhood memories of our Easter activities, but generally the brunch spread is not one of them. You see, I come from a long line of mediocre cooks. We all can basically follow a recipe, and by that, I mean assemble a dish with the majority of the required ingredients.

One of my husband’s first holiday meals that he spent with my family, was in fact an Easter Brunch. To this day, he will never forget my mother bragging about one of her ‘signature’ dishes; pineapple bread. Doug was the first person to serve the dish, but when he placed the spoon inside the entire concoction deflated like a balloon and turned to slush. Forevermore, my mother’s signature dish is now known as pineapple soup.

Needless to say, this dish will not be part of our Easter Sunday menu. Instead, I’m featuring one of the only dishes that I can make with competence. The recipe was shared with me by my Brother-In-Law’s mother, who as a mom of three boys has a recipe box so full of the most sinfully delicious meals, it could rival that of Paula Dean’s. I’m going to be making a Baked French Toast.

This recipe is not only delicious, but it is incredibly easy. There are only 8 ingredients and you can make it at night and let it set while you sleep.

If you would like to give this a try for your special brunch, here’s the recipe:

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Easy Easter Baked French Toast
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8
 
Quick and easy baked french toast featuring thick bread topped with brown sugar and cinnamon. Make ahead at night and bake in the morning. Top with nuts and serve with warm maple syrup.
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf French Bread
  • 6 eggs
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1 stick butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ c macadamia nuts
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in 9x13 baking dish
  2. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon
  3. Layer thickly sliced bread on top
  4. Whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla
  5. Pour over bread
  6. Cover and refrigerate overnight
  7. Remove cover and bake at 325 for approximately 25 minutes
  8. Once no longer soggy, flip over, top with nuts and bake another 5 minutes

 

It was time to head to the store and get our ingredients for this year’s meal. I decided to make a practice run at the recipe for our family before I make it and serve it on Easter. It’s such a great recipe, that you can really serve it any time of the year. After making our list, we went to our local Walmart to pick up all the required  ingredients. We were low on just about everything, as usual.

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When making Baked French Toast, the bread is obviously the key ingredient. We checked out the different types of Ecce Panis bread, and chose to go with the Ecce Panis Bake at Home French Demi Baguette. We noticed it immediately in the bakery section of the store and knew from it’s fresh smell and firm texture that it would be the perfect bread for our meal.

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This one looked delicious!

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Although we decided on this soft and thick Ecce Panis Bake at Home Bread

At home, while  mixing our ingredients we noticed the bread’s sweet smell and were impressed by the soft thick texture; it was just what we were looking for. We assembled our ingredients (without omitting a single one) and put our dish in the fridge to set overnight.

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In the morning, we popped the whole dish in the oven and while I drank my first cup of coffee, the house warmed up with the smell of cinnamon and sugar. By cup number two, breakfast was served!

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Ecce Panis Bake at Home French Demi Baguette proved to be a wise choice. The thick bread soaked up all the egg mixture and baked perfectly, soft on the inside and slightly crunchy on the outside. We topped the french toast with warm maple syrup and macadamia nuts for a little extra crunch. We served the toast with a side of fresh fruit. All-in-all our Baked French Toast was a cinch to make and the dish will be a perfect main dish for our Easter Brunch this weekend.

If you would like to give Ecce Panis bread a try in your favorite dish, print your coupon to use at Walmart HERE! Also, to view my entire shopping trip at Walmart, you can check out my Google+ Album.

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Kristin

Comments

  1. These look so good and I need something easy before church on Sunday! Thanks. :)

  2. That looks delicious and super easy. Might be putting this on the menu for Sunday morning.

  3. Oh YUM!! Now I have a craving for French Toast. Now! LOL. This looks fabulous, and thank you so much for making it printable!

  4. Not bad for a “mediocre” cook! :)

  5. Oh. My. Gosh. Those look amazing! I’, definitely going to be making this soon!

  6. I’m reading this at 12:10am and totally drooling, just waiting for my hubby to come home from his business trip so I have a reason to make a big breakfast! Thank you for sharing!!!

  7. This looks super delicious! I would love to give this a try :D

  8. Oh my that looks absolutely tantalizing! Yum! yes! Please! I want to make that! You can bring some over to my house any day! lol.

  9. These look really good (and easy too!) I think I can handle this! Beautiful pic of your son!

  10. LOL I love to cook & that recipe looks delicious. I’ll have to give it a try!

  11. OMG yum! that looks and sound delicious, i want to try and make it now :)

  12. This would totally make for an easy recipe! And the bread looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  13. We love french toast! Looks yummy!

  14. that looks like a great Easter treat!!! my kids would go crazy for this… thanks for sharing!

  15. Okay, it is 8:30am right now, and I am seriously hungry after reading this! Looks so yummy…and will make a great tradition for Easter!

  16. Looks AMAZING!!!!!!
    I’ve been trying to find a recipe for this. Going to try this week!!!!!

  17. This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  18. I like having a special breakfast for Easter morning, and like that this can be prepared the night before. Love Ecce Panis bread!

  19. I love baked french toast! I especially love stuffing it with fruit and cream cheese. Looks like yours turned out great!

  20. This looks great…and your pics are amazing! Thanks for the great post and I can’t wait to try some of this bread!

  21. that sounds DELICIOUS!!!!!

  22. I love holiday family traditions – new and old. You are a good cook, stop! Ok, because of this post, I want French toast now! It looks amazing. When I used to go to my grandmother’s for Easter, she would make French toast for brunch. There is something about it. So divine. Happy Easter!

  23. Oh my gosh yum! And I love that you used dark brown sugar. Not many people do.

  24. Oh my goodness! That looks great! I may have to use this idea for Easter. The parents are coming very early that day.

  25. That looks good. Thanks for sharing an easy french toast recipe

  26. I have never had baked french toast!! My girls love french toast so I am totally going to try this out! Thanks for sharing!

  27. This looks super yummy! Love that it is make ahead!

  28. This sounds and looks delish. I love macadamia nuts, never thought about including them in a french toast recipe, yum!

  29. Oh my word, that looks delicious! We will definitely be trying this! :)

  30. These look delicious :)

  31. French Toast is my favorite Easter breakfast — this makes it even easier! Love it. :)

  32. Well, now I want breakfast for dinner. That french toast looks absolutely delicious.

  33. This looks delicious and easy! Thank you thank you!

  34. YUMMY! That looks delicious! We looooove Ecce Panis!

  35. I love French Toast and I love breakfast bakes. Great combo!

  36. I have been on the hunt for a French Toast Casserole and this one looks delicious. Perhaps I have found a keeper.

  37. that sounds great especially since you can bake it!

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