This overnight French toast came in handy over the weekend and is the perfect wintery weekend breakfast (that then takes you through the week if you have leftovers). I prepped it Saturday evening (I know, thrilling Saturday night over here) and it was delish on Sunday morning! Trust me, your future self will thank you also. If I were hosting overnight guests, this would for sure be a go-to because it serves a crowd!
When it comes to breakfast treats, are you more in camp French Toast, Pancakes, or Waffles?!?
Some tips before you begin:
- Start with dry sliced brioche bread. Its my favorite to use for French Toast and when dry, it absorbs all of the “custard” more easily.
- Mix your bread around in your custard before placing in the fridge – you want to make sure this stuff is well absorbed!
- Slice your bread diagonally to make it fan out and feel fancier. I also thought about using cookie cutters for heart shapes (Valentine’s Day adorable) but at 11pm when making this, it just didn’t happen.
- 2 tbs sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 loaf sliced brioche bread (I picked up a loaf from Safeway but Trader Joe’s also has delicious version)
- 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 tbs vanilla
- Lemon Zest (I used one small lemon)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Berries & Powdered Sugar for topping!
- Preheat oven to 350 and arrange your bread slices on a large baking sheet (or two if needed) to allow for them to toast evenly. Place in the oven for 10 minutes until lightly golden brown. Slice your bread as you wish (I prefer diagonally) and allow to cool.
- Grease a 9×13 pyrex or casserole dish and arrange bread slices as you see fit.
- In a small bowl, combine sugar and half of your cinnamon to create your cinnamon sugar topping. Set aside.
- In a larger bowl, whisk together evaporated milk, milk, eggs, syrup, vanilla, lemon zest, salt & remaining cinnamon. You have now made your “custard”.
- Pour your custard over your bread slices and press the custard into the bread evenly to ensure it is absorbing. Sprinkle your cinnamon sugar mixture on top.
- Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
- Once ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 and bake covered for 35 minutes and uncovered for for 15 minutes.
- Allow to cool, top with powered sugar & berries, ENJOY!