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Today's post will be something sweet for once! I love about this recipe is that is incredibly easy, it doesn't require any fancy kitchen tool and it is rather quick to make as it doesn't need overnight soaking.

It is a great casserole to enjoy as a weekend brunch or a quick dessert to make any day of the week. It is also an amazing way to use bread leftovers that are about to expire. You can use any kind of bread, this time I opted for a wholewheat loaf hence the dark colour. I must admit it is a caloric bomb, but to be fair sometimes we can treat ourself!

It is delicious served with fresh strawberries and maybe some custard or ice-cream. I simply enjoyed it with a good cappuccino!


Ingredients:

-One sliced wholewheat bread loaf

-5 large eggs

-1/2 cup whole milk or plant milk

-1/4 (50 gr) sugar

-Orange zest

-1 teaspoon cinnamon

-1/4 teaspoon salt


For the topping:

-4 tbs of melted butter

-3 tbs sugar

-1 teaspoon cinnamon

-Chopped almonds

-Banana slices


Preheat the oven at 190C.


Cut the bread into chunky cubes, you can do that with a knife or tear it with your hands. Leave the crusts on.


In a big mixing bowl prepare the custard: whisk the eggs together with the sugar, then add the milk, the orange zest, the cinnamon and the salt. Stir well until you'll achieve an even batter.


Add the bread chunks in the bowl and stir well. Make sure that the bread will absorb all the liquid and set aside.


Time to prepare the topping: in small bowl, mix the melted butter with the sugar, the cinnamon and a pinch of salt.


Butter a baking tray (I personally used a glass one) and place the soaked bread chunks in it, then drizzle the topping mixture evenly over all with the help of a spoon. As a finishing touch, add the banana slices and the chopped almonds.


Bake the casserole for 35-40 minutes in the middle rack. If you want the bread to be browner and crunchier on top, once the oven is turned off, place the rack on the top and leave it there for other 8-10 minutes max.


Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool down for about 10 minutes before serving. If you like, you can pour some maple syrup or honey on top as well.

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Have a lovely weekend all!