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Baked Cinnamon French Toast

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.

Makes

6 servings

"There's no last-minute preparation and you can serve several people at once with this casserole," reports bed-and-breakfast owner Lo Ann Brennock of Cloverdale, California. "My guests love the smooth custardy bottom layer topped with thick slices of cinnamon bread."

Ingredients

  • 12 slices cinnamon bread, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 9 eggs
  • 1 quart milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Warmed blackberry preserves, optional
  • Whipped cream, optional

Directions

  1. Line the bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking dish with six slices of bread. butter remaining bread; place with butter side up over bread in pan. In a bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, cream, sugar and vanilla; mix well. Pour over bread; let stand for 15 minutes. Place the dish in a larger baking pan. Pour boiling water into large pan to a depth of 1 in. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Top with preserves and whipped cream if desired.

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