Every time I go to my sister, like I did just a few days in the past, dinnertime is a wealthy, if chaotic affair. There’s my household of 4, her household of 5, an assortment of her three youngsters’ mates, their grownup mates, a favourite neighbor and his two youngsters, typically my dad and mom and my brother and his household, and naturally, an assortment of pups ready patiently underfoot for scraps. The cooking begins within the early afternoon, and sooner or later, panic will set in about whether or not or not we’ll have sufficient meals, and somebody will jet off on yet one more journey to the shop. If it seems like I’m complaining, I’m completely not. The meals are boisterous and loud and scrumptious, and when one is within the calendar, I stay up for all of it month lengthy.
However come breakfast? I don’t need to begin the entire cycle over once more. Which is the place this stunning baked French toast is available in. It takes only some minutes to assemble at night time, after which within the morning, all you must do is shove it within the oven, then watch because it will get golden and puffy and crispy-custardy. This previous weekend, I made it with a stale challah (it’s an incredible use for previous bread!) and topped it with strawberries, powdered sugar, and syrup, however you should utilize brioche or good white bread, and prime it with toasted nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds), whipped cream, honey, you identify it. May we have now simply picked up a dozen bagels or set out just a few bins of Corn Flakes? Positive. However the place’s the enjoyable in that?
In a single day Baked French Toast
2 tablespoons unsalted butter for greasing pan, plus extra for serving
1 loaf challah, ideally stale (sufficient for about 8 3/4-inch thick slices)
1 1/2 cups entire milk
3 giant eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
kosher salt, to style
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Non-obligatory toppings: crushed toasted pecans or walnuts, recent berries, powdered sugar
Wedge bread slices into one layer on the underside of a buttered 13-by-9-inch baking dish. (You may rip or reduce up the slices as much as make every part match if you must.) In a medium bowl or giant measuring cup, whisk collectively the milk, eggs, vanilla, salt, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Pour the combination over the bread, then cowl with plastic wrap and chill in a single day (or as much as 24 hours).
When it’s time to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F and take away the baking dish from the fridge to convey to room temperature. Combine collectively remaining sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle excessive. Bake uncovered till puffy and golden, 45 to 50 minutes. Serve heat with butter, syrup, and elective toppings.
P.S. A Dealer Joe’s breakfast hack to feed a crowd and some throw-together breakfasts.