Make This Baked Baguette French Toast This Weekend
Breakfast can be boring when it’s the same old cereal, day in and day out. You may mix it up every now and then with toast, eggs, or fruit, but let’s be honest, those aren’t really that exciting. This Easy, Peasy Baked French Toast recipe involves baguettes and bonus, you can even throw in the stale ones lying on your counter.
Let the kids butter and arrange the baguette pieces and pour the milk mixture over the top. We suggest making this recipe on a Sunday to enjoy during the week or prepare on a Friday night for a weekend treat. Now grab those day-old or week-old baguettes (yes, fresh ones work too!) and make this your new breakfast staple!
French Toast Ingredients:
1 baguette, a bit stale
3 tablespoons butter
2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
Pinch of kosher salt
3 tablespoons turbinado sugar
Powdered sugar for the top
French Toast Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Trim 1/2 inch off of each end of the baguette and slice each in half. Cut into serving-size pieces (4-5″ long). Place bread cut-side up in an oven-proof dish and butter the top of each piece. Do not overlap the pieces.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the eggs. Add milk, vanilla extract, orange juice/zest and salt. Whisk until foamy. Pour over bread. Flip the pieces around periodically to make sure both sides are soaking up the liquid. Leave in the liquid for about 30 minutes. You want the bread to be wet, but not soggy. When you bake, the bread should be resting in a small pool of liquid and you may need to pour off a few tablespoons of the liquid if the bread doesn’t soak up all of it.
Make sure all pieces are cut-side up. Sprinkle turbinado sugar over the top and bake until the bread is puffed up and golden (about 30-40 minutes). You may need to place under the broiler for optimism crispy, crunchy, caramelization. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and eat immediately! Serve with warm maple syrup, honey, blackberry sauce, Nutella or jam.
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