Soak your bread in egg nog the night before and simply bake the French toast in the morning for a delicious winter brunch.
By Chelsia Rief
Baked French toast isn’t complicated, but it is important to have the right bread and not to rush them. In this particular case, we decided to use whole wheat French bread from our local supermarket bakery (because it was on sale), which meant adjusting the recipe to accommodate the tendencies of whole wheat French – namely, it is normally drier and coarser, but holds its shape and body better (than white French). In theory, it’s also healthier, so that’s the recipe we’ll present you with here, but if white French is what you have, it’s probably a good idea to cut your egg nog down just a bit – perhaps by a half cup – to avoid mushy French bread.
Don’t rush baked French Toast. It’s wonderful, but it needs a night in the fridge to really soak in the moisture. If you wake up in the morning and really need your French Toast fix, make one of the other, faster, more on-the-spot recipes mentioned above – make this one when you have the time. Of course, this isn’t time in the traditional recipe sense. It won’t take long to make this at all – and in the morning, you’ll have a meal that’s basically ready to pop in the oven, which is especially nice on holiday mornings when you’ve got a lot going but still want to be able to serve a warm, indulgent, festive offering to your family and guests.
A final note – we baked this in a glass 9 x 13 baking dish, but you could (and possibly should) use ramekins if you have enough of them available in a large enough size (we didn’t). Though it bakes up very nicely in the baking dish, we suspect that it would rise even more and be even a bit fluffier baked in a three inch (or so) ramekin. If you try it, let us know!Print
Hi, I’m Chels! You’ll find me in the kitchen most days – either that or the desk around the corner from the kitchen. No doubt about it – the kitchen is the center of my little household. I believe cooking together and eating together helps keep us together!