I might blog about breakfast a lot, but that’s only because cereal can only go so far. Sometimes, the family is hoping for warm and filling, but only on the weekends can I pull off a full morning meal with the time to clean up afterward. The beauty of French Toast Casserole is that you make it the night before and pop it in the oven in the morning. Imagine the ease of putting this into the oven, heading off to take a shower and get everyone dressed, and enjoying the smell of freshly baking apply cinnamony goodness as you prepare for the day.
French Toast Casserole
A friend of mine posted a picture after she’d made a french toast casserole recently, and I was immediately craving it. Fruit baked into anything for breakfast is a personal favorite. I did some sleuthing online, but couldn’t find a good gluten-free version of the recipe. Gluten-free and/or grain-free breads tend to be much more dense than wheat-based bread, and soak up liquid quickly. I found a simple recipe and tweaked it to work with our bread.
1 lb. of gluten-free bread, cut into small chunks
3 c. of milk (dairy, almond, coconut; your choice)
2 t. vanilla
3 t. cinnamon
¼ c. brown sugar
3 apples, cored and cut into chunks (we chose not to peel)
In a small bowl, mix together apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Set aside. Grease an 8×8 square or round baking pan. If making this in advance, do not use a glass dish, since the pan will go into the oven cold. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until uniform in color, and mix in the milk and vanilla. Gently spoon bread into the bowl, stirring carefully so as to not break the bread chunks. Into the greased pan, layer half of the bread mixture. Cover with a layer of apples, and add another layer of bread. Continue until completed. Let sit for a minimum of four hours, or overnight. Before baking, preheat oven to 350. Put pan into heated oven and cook for 60 minutes, or until cooked through.
Make this before bed, and your family will thank you the next day. Share your favorite breakfast recipes below. To see what’s happening in our kitchen, or to share what’s going on in yours, please stop by, or become a fan on Facebook. Happy breakfasting!