When we’re entertaining overnight guests or having a big family get-together, my go-to breakfast recipe is Overnight French Toast with Berry Topping. I can put it together the night before, and then just pop it in the oven in the morning. I pair it with breakfast sausage for a satisfying start to the day. Everyone asks for seconds.
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Choose any available fresh or frozen berries for this recipe. I have had success with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and various combinations of the above.
French Toast Ingredients
1 loaf of challah, brioche or other egg bread
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups milk
Berry Topping Ingredients
3 cups fresh or frozen berries
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 Tablespoons butter
|Piping hot French toast, just out of the oven.|
Coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Tear or cut bread into large chunks. Place bread in baking dish until it is at least 3/4 full.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, vanilla and milk. Pour over the bread.
Cover dish and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, stir the bread mixture in the baking dish. Put the dish in a cold oven. Bake at 375 degrees for about 1 hour, until the center is set.
While the French toast is baking, put all ingredients for the berry topping in a sauce pan over medium-low heat for 20-30 minutes. Stir regularly until you are satisfied with the consistency. Cooking the berries for a shorter amount of time will keep more berries whole, while heating them for a longer period will result in a thicker, more syrupy topping.
When the French toast is ready, plate with a few spoons full of berry topping.
|Overnight French Toast paired with breakfast sausage and a veggie egg scramble.|
How your kids can help
- 1-year old: Playing with measuring spoons.
- 2-year old: Tearing the bread into small chunks.
- 3-year old: Whisking the egg mixture.
- 4-year old: Pouring the egg mixture over the bread.
- 5-year old: Placing the French toast pan in the cold oven and learning to set the oven temperature.