Thursday, August 23, 2007

Tasty Thursday: Casserole Edition

I love casseroles, especially in the fall and winter months. They are a great comfort food.

Here's a recipe for a favorite of our family. It's the most requested recipe on my brunch menu.

French Toast Casserole

1 Loaf (10 oz) French or Italian Bread, cubed
8 Eggs
3 cups Milk
4 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon Salt, optional

2 tablespoons Butter or margarine, cubed
3 tablespoons Sugar
2 teaspoons Ground cinnamon

Maple syrup, optional

Place bread cubes in a greased 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and salt if desired. Pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Dot with butter. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the top. Cover and bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Let stand for 5 minutes. Serve with syrup if desired. Yield: 12 servings