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Dec 24 2014

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Christmas Morning Breakfast: Super Easy French Toast Casserole

Christmas Morning Breakfast: Super Easy French Toast Casserole

This past weekend, I made two batches of my French Toast Casserole. I nearly caused a revolt in my house because the casseroles were not for us. The only way I could escape their stabbing looks of disappointment was to suggest we have it for Christmas morning.

The succession of disappointments, as it occurred, was comical. First, Bear came at me with an excited look. Are we having French Toast Casserole for breakfast? After I explained, he looked like I had knocked the wind out of him.

Then came BunBun, what’s that yummy smell? Are we having that for breakfast? I explained, but she, too, looked as if I had orphaned her.

Finally, Mr. Real—knowing that this was not for us—sighed and said that he loved French Toast Casserole. How many people can I shoot down in one evening?

Don’t worry, family, Christmas is coming.

The best part about this recipe is that is perfect for making ahead and then popping it in the morning. I got the original recipe from a friend and have modified it twice since then. Here is the current recipe (the one I will be preparing for Christmas morning):

Super Easy French Toast Casserole

Servings: 6

Cook Time: 45 min.

Ingredients

  • 12 slices Bread
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Milk whole
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 4 Tbl Butter, melted
  • 1 lb Sausage (ground)

Directions

  1. Cook sausage.
  2. Combine and spread in the bottom of 9×13 pan: cinnamon, butter and brown sugar.
  3. Put a layer of bread.
  4. Put sausage on bread.
  5. Put second layer of bread on sausage.
  6. Combine and pour over bread: eggs and dairy.
  7. Press on bread slightly.
  8. Store in the refrigerator. Go to bed knowing that breakfast is super easy in the morning. (Making it the night before is not necessary, but I love an easy breakfast in the morning.)
  9. Preheat the oven to 350F and bake for 45min. Or until golden brown.
  10. Serve inverted on plate.

The sausage is optional, but people who have had it tell me that the sausage is definitely not optional. If you don’t like the savory and sweet combination, you can fill the middle with fruit. If you want, you can use a variety of dairy options for the milk.

For dairy-free French Toast Casserole, use your favorite dairy-free milk. (Mr. Real likes almond milk.)

For Gluten-free French Toast Casserole, use your favorite gluten-free bread. I toast the bread before putting the casserole together. Toasting the bread helps the casserole’s texture taste right. (Since I have one gluten-free eater, I cut the recipe in half.)

Outside of the sausage, I usually have most of these ingredients in my fridge, so it is possible to decide to make this delicious meal at the last minute.

Let me know if you decide to make it.

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