French Toast Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1 loaf brioche, croissants or challah (sliced 1½ inches thick)
  • 8 large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup pecans or almonds (chopped)
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Sorghum, cane, or maple syrup

Directions

Combine the melted butter and brown sugar in a baking dish.

Arrange the bread slices in the dish, they can overlap.

On a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a bowl. Pour over the bread, letting it soak in. Top with the pecans (or almonds). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 12 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Let the chilled casserole stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before baking.

Bake until browned and set, 30-45 minutes. Remove to a rack to cool slightly. Sift over confectioners’ sugar.

Serve hot or warm with sorghum, cane, or maple syrup.

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