French Toast CasseroleAdapted from The Pioneer Woman
Yield: 10-12 servings
Cook time: 1 hour
Ingredients:1 loaf thick, chewy bread*
2 1/4 cups milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
Topping:1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cubed.
*French, ciabatta, or sourdough bread are good options. You canNOT use normal sandwich bread for this - the texture won't be right. When I have leftover French bread that is just going to go stale (or even if it's already stale - it doesn't matter), I'll tear it into bite-size chunks and put it in a Ziploc bag in the freezer to save for this recipe! Or, if you spot a loaf of day-old French bread on Manager's Special at the grocery store, it's perfect for this!
Directions:Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13" Pyrex dish with cooking spray. Tear the loaf of bread into bite-size chunks and spread evenly in the pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla. Pour evenly over the bread, ensuring that all of the bread chunks are wet (press lightly with your hands to soak up the egg mixture if necessary).
In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and cold cubed butter using a pastry cutter until the butter crumbly - the size of peas. Spread the topping over the top of the bread mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and serve with syrup or powdered sugar.