Saturday, May 30, 2009

quick french toast

I'm a brunch person. I. love. brunch.

I love the idea of having a relaxed meal late in the morning (or early afternoon), sipping on mimosas, hanging out with my husband and our friends. I love the wonderful savory baked egg dishes, and sweet treats served with fresh fruit. And fresh pastries. And gallons of fresh coffee. Eating, drinking, talking, and just chillin'. Brunch is the best.

This is a quick and easy recipe to make your own brunch at home. Serve with whatever fruit is available seasonally, and you might want to have OJ and champagne on hand too :)

(gorgeous organic raspberries!)

You'll need:

1 loaf fresh bread
8 eggs
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons brown sugar
ground cinnamon

fresh fruit
maple syrup

Cut bread into 1 inch slices. Spray baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange bread in baking dish, overlapping.

Beat eggs, milk, and vanilla until combined. Pour mixture over the bread and press bread into egg mixture. You want the bread to absorb as much as possible. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and 2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar.

Refridgerate overnight.

In the morning, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and slightly puffed. Cut into pieces, and serve with maple syrup and fresh fruit.

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