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Updated: Mar 30, 2020
Baked French Toast Casserole
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Ingredients for French Toast
1 large loaf quality French loaf, sourdough, ciabatta, cinnamon swirl or challah, cut into cubes (a bit stale is better)
2 tbsp. pure vanilla extract, divided
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
Zest from one medium orange (optional)
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. Freshly grated Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
Butter for greasing pan
Ingredients for Topping
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
Freshly grated nutmeg
1 stick cold butter, cut into pieces, plus more for serving
Warm maple syrup, for serving
Instructions for the French Toast Casserole
Grease a 9x13 baking pan with butter. Cut the bread into cubes and distribute evenly in the pan.
In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, heavy cream, granulated sugar, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, zest of orange and vanilla. Pour evenly over the bread. Cover your pan and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight preferably.
Instructions for Topping
In medium bowl mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Stir together with a fork. Add in the butter and using a pastry cutter mix it all together until the mixture is pea size pebbles.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
When you're ready to bake remove casserole from the fridge and sprinkle the topping over the bread. Bake for 50 minutes or for 1 hour for a firmer, crisp texture.
Serve with butter and warm maple syrup.