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Today I am sharing with you my oven French toast casserole recipe.
A sweet treat for once!
This is by far the best oven-baked French toast recipe: it is incredibly easy to make, it doesn't require any fancy kitchen tool and no need for overnight soaking needed, so you can enjoy it straight away!
This french toast casserole is a quick dish to enjoy for a weekend brunch or a lip-smacking dessert to prepare any day of the week.
The baked French toast casserole is also an amazing way to use bread leftovers that are about to expire.
What bread is best for French toast?
Ideally, you should use soft slices that will rapidly absorb the liquid. I opted for a wholewheat soft loaf, hence the dark colour.
I must admit it is a calorie bomb, but sometimes we can indulge in some extra sugar!
This yummy French toast casserole is even more tempting if served with strawberries and maybe some fresh custard or ice-cream.
I simply enjoyed it with a good homemade cappuccino!
-One sliced wholewheat bread loaf
-5 large eggs
-1/2 cup whole milk or plant milk
-1/4 (50 gr) sugar
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon salt
For the topping:
-4 tbs of melted butter
-3 tbs sugar
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 190C.
Cut the bread into chunky cubes, you can do that with a knife or tear it with your hands. I would personally leave the crusts on, I hate wasting food.
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 to the bowl and stir well. Make sure that the bread will absorb all the liquid and set it aside.
Time to prepare the topping: In a small bowl, mix the melted butter with sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of salt.
Butter a baking tray (I used a glass one) and place the soaked bread chunks in it, then drizzle the topping mixture evenly overall 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 another 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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