Jazz up traditional French toast with sweet peaches and heavy cream in this make-ahead breakfast casserole dish. It's perfect for holiday mornings, birthday celebrations, or any day you want to make extra special.
1 8-oz. loaf French bread, sliced
8 large eggs
2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 15-oz. cans sliced peaches packed in juice, drained
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup heavy cream
How to Make It
Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Arrange bread in a tight, flat layer in dish.
In a large bowl, whisk eggs with milk, sugar and vanilla until blended; pour over bread. Arrange peaches on top and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
Remove baking dish from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour cream into a small pan; bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Drizzle over peaches and bake, uncovered, until casserole is lightly browned on top and just cooked through, 45 to 55 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
This is delicious. I have made it several times. My 24 yr old son, said, "mom, you can make this anytime". I use light peaches, skim milk, extra cinnamon, and a little less brown sugar. I tried it with pears, but not so great, they come out kind of gritty. It's kind of a twist between bread pudding and a custard feel, yum!
This was tasty and easy to make. The consistency is like a bread pudding and I love the peaches with it. I made it for a girls night overnight party. Most people found it very rich. Next time, I think I would omit the cream on top and make a side of home made, not so sweet, whipped cream for those that wanted the extra creaminess.
I made this for our Christmas breakfast when we had family come over and everyone loved it!! Since I forgot to buy bread to get stale I just toasted it in the broiler for about 2:30 mins each side after slicing the bread. Also I doubled the cream. It came out like a bread pudding/french toast. Afterwards everyone was asking to take some home with them. Luckily I made 2 pans! Also the best part was how easy it was to make and hardly any time for prep!
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