Breakfast,  Healthy Living,  National Days

French Toast Bake

Today’s recipe is the classic French Toast Bake (or Casserole as some people call it).

I like this recipe because it is perfect for many reasons!

  • It’s cinnamon-y and vanilla-y and you can make it less or more so depending on your taste buds
  • How about being a perfect breakfast for a crowd because you can adjust the ingredients upward easily to feed more people
  • It’s perfect because you can make it ahead of time
  • And it’s a good Father’s Day breakfast which is coming up soon…

Make this warm tasty dish for the father figure in your life. Many fathers feel like moms get all the fanfare for Mothers’ Day anyway so surprise Dad with breakfast.

And while you are giving him his gifts, impress him with your knowledge of the history of Father’s Day!

A Brief Father’s Day History

The first Father’s Day in the United States was on June 19, 1910. However, it was not made an official holiday until 1972. Father’s Day was fashioned after Mother’s Day (of course)

. The first commercial Mother’s Day was held in 1908 when a department store in Philadelphia (John Wanamaker store) held a ceremony for mothers. Other people and stores saw the financial potential of this holiday and by 1914, the second Sunday in May was declared a national holiday.

Sadly, a national campaign to have a similar day for fathers was not as popular as fast. In 1910, the state of Washington celebrated the first Father’s Day. In 1916, President Wilson celebrated the day in Washington, D. C., and in 1924, President Coolidge tried to get the state government to recognize the holiday.

Many men were not fans of the day themselves. They either derided the commercialism and gifts that the father paid for himself or resisted the loss of masculinity in the celebration of these holidays. Some people tried to roll both holidays together into a “Parents Day” during the 20s and 30s. The Great Depression caused retailers to double down on commercialization and during WWII, Father’s Day was pushed as a way to celebrate the returning veterans. By the end of the way, Father’s Day was a national institution. This was made official; in 1972.

Source: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/fathers-day

Do you know how much money is spent each year for Father’s Day? More than $1 billion…

Well, this recipe won’t cost that much…


French Toast Bake

French toast bake

French Toast Bake

This is a make-ahead recipe that needs to be refrigerated overnight (or at least for a few hours). A great breakfast for weekend mornings, for special occasions, or any random morning when you want some cinnamon-y goodness!
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Overnight Refrigeration 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 55 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 305 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ½ loaf French bread
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

Instructions
 

  • Cube French bread into 1-2” pieces.
  • Heat butter and brown sugar on the stove over medium heat until melted.
  • Combine eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla bean paste. Whisk well.
  • Grease or spray pie or casserole dish. If you use a casserole dish you may be able to use a full loaf of French bread.
  • Pour brown sugar/butter mixture into the prepared pan.
  • Top with French bread.
  • Pour milk/egg/cinnamon/vanilla mixture over the bread pieces. Toss it around a bit until every piece is fully coated.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (but more preferably overnight)
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  • Bake at 350*F for 30-45 minutes or until the bread is no longer soggy. The actual time will depend on the type of milk and bread you used, as well as your own oven settings.

Notes

  • If you use too much milk, you may find your casserole is still soggy at the bottom. If this happens, use a spatula to flip parts of the casserole over, and continue baking for another 10-15 minutes.
  • Cooking times vary greatly depending on the amount of bread and milk as well as the type of bread you use, so be sure to keep an eye on it after about 30 minutes! πŸ™‚

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
French Toast Bake
Amount per Serving
Calories
305
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
17
g
26
%
Saturated Fat
 
9
g
56
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Cholesterol
 
159
mg
53
%
Sodium
 
220
mg
10
%
Potassium
 
167
mg
5
%
Carbohydrates
 
30
g
10
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
18
g
20
%
Protein
 
9
g
18
%
Vitamin A
 
608
IU
12
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
108
mg
11
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword breakfast, cinnamon, French, vanilla bean
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French Toast Bake

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