Thursday, June 18, 2009

Overnight Caramel French Toast

This Sunday is Father's Day! Make your dad or husband feel special by serving him Caramel French Toast for Sunday morning brunch.

This is one of my favorite brunch dishes because it can be prepared the night before and popped in the oven to bake the next morning. This recipe is adapted from a family favorite by reducing the amount of butter and eggs, and switching to low-fat milk; it still tastes decadent and rich.

Overnight Caramel French Toast
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup light-colored corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
Watkins Cooking Spray
10 (1-ounce) slices French bread or thick sliced bread
2 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Watkins Double Strength Vanilla Extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon Watkins Cinnamon

Combine first 3 ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until mixture is bubbly, stirring constantly. Pour mixture evenly into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Arrange bread slices in a single layer over syrup in dish.

Combine milk and next 4 ingredients (through eggs) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Pour egg mixture over bread slices. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Combine 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over bread.

Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until golden. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

This caramelly cinnamon-sugar french toast is delicious right out of the oven or serve with fresh fruit, preserves, powdered sugar, or syrup.

Health Tip
Perfect for a brunch, this irresistible baked French toast is prepared the night before and goes straight from the fridge to the oven. Try using thick slices of whole-grain bread for a nutritious fiber boost.


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