I love breakfast. And I also love any reason to get together with friends, especially when it gives me a reason to either try out a new recipe or share one of my go-to’s with everyone. Recently a few of my out-of-town girlfriends were visiting and we decided to do a potluck brunch at my house instead of going out. I made a delicious french toast casserole recipe inspired by the one my mother-in-law makes, which has always been a favorite of anyone who tries it.
For this recipe, you’ll want to make it the night before so the bread can soak in all of the flavors. The recipe is for a 9×12 inch dish, but if you are bringing it to a tailgate or big event, you can grab a bigger aluminum tray, increase each ingredient by 1/2 and do three layers of bread instead of two. Read on and save/pin this for your next brunch event! Just add champagne…
- 1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 loaf (1 pound) white bread
- 8 oz light cream cheese, softened
- 2 Tablespoons confectioners' sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 large eggs
- 2 cups milk
- Maple syrup
- Cinnamon sugar
- Combine melted butter with brown sugar and spread across the bottom of the baking dish.
- Remove crusts from bread slices. Layer bread across bottom of the baking dish, slicing pieces of bread to fit the entire bottom of the dish.
- Whisk the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and vanilla extract together until smooth. Place dollops of the mixture on the layer of bread.
- Add a second layer of bread on top of the cream cheese mixture.
- Pour eggs and milk into a medium bowl; whisk together and pour over the bread layers.
- Cover the baking dish and refrigerate overnight.
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees; bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Remove dish from oven and set oven on broil. Cover with maple syrup and cinnamon sugar and put in oven to broil until it is bubbling and a brown color.