Comfort food means different things for different people but for me it's definitely breakfast food.
Whether it's a fresh bagel, tasty omelette, crispy hash potatoes or warm french toast - breakfast food can cure most of my problems. Today, I want to share a family favorite recipe with you all that is perfect for hosting or meal prep! It takes about 10 minutes to prep and the oven does all the hard work. It's a warm and fluffy french toast topped with a crunchy cinnamon topping.
What I love most about this recipe is that you can prepare it beforehand and refrigerate it overnight. This is great if you have a large family and don't have the time to prep breakfast in the morning or if you love to host gatherings but don't want to spend hours in the kitchen. I have made this for my siblings, my husband, and even my extended family and everyone loves it.
This is also great for a family with picky eaters because the base french toast is pretty simple. But the toppings are what make the dish simple. I like to serve this with fresh cream, an assortment of berries, silvered almonds, and maple syrup for those who just want it to be simple.
Ingredients for French Toast:
1 loaf of brioche or challah bread
6 large eggs
2 cups whole milk
½ cup heavy cream (or you can use ½ cup more of whole milk)
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
½ tablespoon of cinnamon powder
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
Ingredients for Crumble Topping:
¼ cup of brown sugar
¼ cup of flour
1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
4 tablespoon of cold butter, sliced thinly
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a greased 9x13 oven safe dish, cut up the bread into cubes and place evenly in the dish.
In a large bowl, mix together the eggs and milks. Add in the brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract and mix well.
Pour mixture evenly over the bread.
In a separate bowl, mix together the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon for the topping. Add in the slices of cold butter and, using your hands or a fork, cut them into the dry mixture.
Sprinkle the mixture evenly on the french toast and bake for 48-55 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
Optional: you can prepare the dish beforehand and store in the fridge overnight. Sprinkle the crumble topping the next morning and bake accordingly.
Top with maple syrup, fresh cream, berries, or nuts and serve warm.