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Overnight French Toast

Prep: 15 min., Chill: 10 hr., Bake: 25 min., Stand: 5 min.

Southern Living Cooking School OCTOBER 2007

  • Yield: Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) French bread loaf
  • 5 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen whole strawberries, thawed
  • 4 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar
  • Garnish: powdered sugar

Preparation

1. Cut bread into 13 (1-inch-thick) slices. Place bread slices in a large bowl.

2. Stir together eggs and next 3 ingredients. Pour egg mixture over bread. Press bread to absorb mixture. Cover and chill 8 to 10 hours.

3. Stir together strawberries, bananas, and sugar in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Arrange soaked bread slices over fruit mixture; pour any remaining egg mixture over bread slices. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Place dish on a baking sheet.

4. Bake at 450° for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Garnish, if desired.

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