Baked French Toast with Strawberry Jam
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! And speaking of Easter, I wanted to share with you a simple easy bake that was inspired by our visit to Le Parisien Cafe on Palm. We stopped there originally to pick up something sweet to take by my Mom-in-Law’s house and ended up grabbing some brioche bread also. If you’ve never had brioche, it’s a light flaky bread full of butter & eggs, a bit sweet and really fabulous! It’s definitely something you want to try!
And I decided it would be perfect for an easy breakfast, brunch, breakfast for dinner, etc. kinda meal! The french toast is sweet made even sweeter by the delicious (and easy) homemade jam. This meal screams spring and with all of the beautiful flowers popping up (like these roses in the background) it’s definitely time to celebrate the season!
Baked French Toast is super easy – slice and dice the bread. Crack the eggs into a large bowl, with half & half, cinnamon, allspice and vanilla – whisk this together really well and then simply pour it over the bread. Seal it tightly with foil and tuck it into the fridge overnight. The next morning, remove it from the fridge – preheat your oven to 375 degrees and bake!
While it is baking, you’ll make the jam – just strawberries and sugar – takes about 10 minutes. Strawberries are really good right now too, Driscoll berries are readily available at the store and they are locally grown, here in the central valley. This meal is simple and fantastic, a real showstopper, but a super easy, lazy day meal. Gotta love that!
- 10 cups cubed bread
- 10 eggs
- 1 cup half & half
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice – can substitute 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- Spray your casserole dish with non-stick spray.
- Slice and dice the bread into 1 inch cubes- you’ll need about 10-12 cups, enough to fill your casserole dish.
- Next in a large bowl, goes eggs, half & half, cinnamon, allspice and vanilla – whisk this together really well and then simply pour it over the bread. Seal it tightly with foil and tuck it into the fridge overnight.
- The next morning, remove it from the fridge – preheat your oven to 375 degrees and allow the casserole dish to come to room temperature (about 20 minutes) before putting it in the oven. Bake for 40 minutes covered, remove the cover and bake another 10 minutes until the crust is golden and a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- While the French Toast is baking, slice the strawberries and put the strawberries, sugar and water in a pan on the stove over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar is melted. When it begins to bubble, reduce the heat to low & mash the berries with a potato masher. Continue to cook for another five minutes. Remove from the heat & set aside.
- When the French Toast is done, remove it from the oven, top it with the strawberry jam and serve – you want it to be super indulgent? Top it with a dusting of powdered sugar and a dollop of whipped cream – YUM!!!