Comfort Food: Holiday Morning French Toast Recipe
Comfort food! I think we’ll all agree that the last week has been more stressful than most. One remedy to combat the emotional drain is comfort food. Yeah, yeah. I know we aren’t supposed to eat our cares away. But let’s face it, buttercup—once in a while a body just needs a little extra boost of the tummy-yummies.
With the holidays just up ahead, I thought I’d share one of my family’s favorite recipes. It qualifies as a carb overload, but serve it with bacon, sausage, and eggs, and you have a holiday morning feast that will please everyone around your table.
I prepare it on Christmas Eve and just pop it in the oven Christmas morning. It’s been a fan favorite at my house forever. I love it because of the easy pre-day prep, the fact that it makes feeding the fam a breeze, and it fills the house with the scent of OMG-Wonderful. Click on the link to Holiday Morning French Toast (source – McCormick Cookbook) or copy from below:
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
3 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1 loaf of Italian or French bread, cut into 1-inch slices
6 large eggs
1-1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- Combine brown sugar, butter, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Add apples and cranberries; toss to coat well. Spread apple mixture evenly over bottom of baking dish. Arrange slices of bread on top. (I mix all of this in a bowl before putting in the baking dish to make mixing easier and avoid a mess.)
- Mix eggs, milk, vanilla, and remaining 2 teaspoons of cinnamon until well blended. Pour mixture over bread, soaking bread completely. Cover and refrigerate 4 to 24 hours.
- Bake, covered with aluminum foil, in a preheated 375 F. oven for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes. Serve warm. For an eye-catching presentation, loosen edges with a knife and invert onto a large serving platter. (I spray non-stick cooking spray in the dish before adding the stuff to it, and it always flips out perfectly. It’s like an upside-down apple raisin cake, but French toast style. So good!)
What is your favorite comfort food? Favorite holiday meal? Please leave a comment and share your recipe!
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