July 23, 2012

French toast casserole with almonds and peaches

I never really get a chance to make an actual breakfast casserole since usually I'm flying through the door in the morning with a smoothie. So when my lovely friend/former roommate in Italy Kelli came to visit this past weekend, this was a great chance to try out my french toast casserole. Also, the leftovers just got better and better the next day.

Here is the recipe:

1/2 loaf of bread (I use Italian because like most things, it's the best)
3 eggs
1 cup of 1% milk
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon of vanilla
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 peach
1/4 cup of sliced almonds (walnuts could work too)
1/2 cup of syrup
powdered sugar

(optional: blueberries and raspberries to put on top after)

In a bowl, mix eggs, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Cut the slices of bread in half and dip in the mixture. Place the first layer of soaked bread in a casserole dish. Cut up slices of the peach and place them on top of the bread. Next, place a second layer of soaked bread on top. Pour some of the mixture over the bread- the more, the soggier- your choice. Place the last of the peach slices on top and sprinkle with almonds.

Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, take out the oven and pour syrup over the bread. Let it sink in for a minute or so and then sprinkle some powdered sugar on top.

Blueberries and raspberries also were great with this. I got mine from an awesome little local berry stand.

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