Easy Overnight Eggnog French Toast

December 23, 2014

Overnight French toast is an easy way to enjoy a decadent breakfast the next day without stress or effort.  This recipe especially comes in handy during the holidays when you are the busiest.  Slices of rich egg bread, like challah or brioche, are soaked in a eggnog flavored custard with an extra dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.  Tiny red and orange dried fruit nuggets are sprinkled throughout the dish to give it a sweet and citrusy falvor.  The French toast casserole should rest at least an hour before baking but overnight is best.  You will want to make sure your bread is dried out before it is dipped in the custard so that it is able to fully absorb the custard mixture.  If your bread is not stale, you can leave the slices out over night or toast them in a low degree oven. Serve your overnight French toast with plenty of powdered sugar and maple syrup.

Overnight French Toast

Ingredients:

1 cup eggnog
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
5 eggs
1 loaf challah, brioche, or other egg bread, slightly stale
1/4 cups dried cranberries
1/4 cup candied orange, chopped
softened butter, for greasing

Directions:

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  In a large bowl, whisk together eggnog, heavy cream, nutmeg, cinnamon and eggs.

Step 2. Cut the loaf of bread into thick slices, about 1 inch. Dip each slice into the eggnog custard mixture then place in a greased casserole dish. Pour any remaining custard over the bread.

Step 3. Layer the dried cranberries and candied orange between the slices of bread and sprinkle the remaining over the top.

Step 4. Place the French toast in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.

Step 5. Bake the French toast for 30 to 35 minutes.

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