Cinnamon and Sugar French Toast Bake
1 large (1 pound) loaf French Bread
2 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoons vanilla
3 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 stick cold butter, cut in small pieces
Fresh berries (optional)
Maple syrup (optional)
Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with butter. Cut bread into cubes and place in the dish.
In a large bowl beat eggs. Whisk in milk, cream, sugar, vanilla and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Pour egg mixture evenly over the bread. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
When you’re ready to bake the casserole, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove casserole from the fridge, uncover and sprinkle the top with brown sugar. Dot the top with little pieces of butter. Next sprinkle the remaining 1 teaspoon of cinnamon over the top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until there is no liquid and the top is golden. Great as is! No syrup needed but you can serve with fresh berries or a little maple syrup if you like.