I’ve talked about my love of brunch before. I’ve also talked about my goal to reduce waste in our house, especially when it comes to food. Which basically makes this recipe for French Toast Bake the absolute best thing ever. Why? Because it’s French Toast for god’s sake AND because it uses up the heels of the bread that we never eat, therefor saving it from being thrown out or tossed in the compost bin.
That’s some seriously sanctimonious french toast right there.
Whenever we’re done with a loaf of bread, I take the ends and cut them into cubes and stick them in a bag labeled “bread bits” that I keep in our refrigerator. Once I have enough bread saved up, I turn it into French Toast Bake. It takes us a few weeks to stockpile enough bread cubes to make a batch, but it’s so worth it in the end.
And, hey, if you don’t feel like waiting that long, you could take half of a loaf of bread and cut it up. No judgement here. I’ve done it many o’ times myself.
How To Make French Toast Bake
- Glass baking dish — 7×11* or 8×8*
- Cooking spray
- Cutting Board
- Bread Knife
- Mixing bowl*
- Measuring cups*
- Measuring spoons
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French Toast Bake
- 4-5 cups of bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 6 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk (nut or cow)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Lightly grease a 7×11 or 8×8 glass baking dish. Add cubed bread to the baking dish and set aside.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon until well combined. Pour over the bread and push down with a spoon or your hands until it’s mostly covered.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight. Pull out your dish about an hour before you’re ready to pop in the oven so it can come to room temperature.
- When you’re ready to bake your french toast, preheat oven to 350°F. Uncover pan and place in oven for 35-45 minutes or until golden brown and firm on top.
- Serve immediately with maple syrup or powdered sugar (Anna’s preferred way).
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