If you’re searching for a simple, frugal breakfast recipe — this one for Baked French Toast is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Because you can use stale or day-old bread, it’s relatively inexpensive as well. Someone brought it in to my husband’s office a few months ago, and he raved about it. His co-worker was nice enough to share her recipe and we just made it this weekend for a family gathering. Here’s how to make it:
Baked French Toast
1 loaf French bread, cubed (or any kind of stale or day-old bread)
1 8-oz. package cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
8 large eggs, beaten
2 1/2 C. half and half (use milk to make it even more frugal)
6 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted and cooled
1/3 C. maple syrup
Grease a 9×13 pan. Put half of the bread crumbs in the pan, spreading out evenly. Top with cream cheese slices. Add the rest of the bread cubes. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the eggs, half and half, butter, and maple syrup. Pour over the top of the bread cubes/cream cheese. Pat everything down into the pan to ensure it all gets moistened. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle with cinnamon before placing in the oven. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Top with maple syrup as desired and enjoy!