Thursday, April 27, 2017

Try It Thursday: Breakfast Bake


Hi! I'm about to do something really bad. I'm going to share yet another delicious but terrible for you recipe! I first heard about this recipe from Megan at Honey We're Home who got it from Kristyn at Lil' Luna. I didn't alter any of Kristyn's recipe, so this is just a straight up share. The buttery crumble on top is so yummy!

I've totally failed at making monkey bread and have pretty much accepted the fact that I'm never going to get it just right. That's where a breakfast casserole like this one comes in to save me when I'm feeling down! This French toast bake will feed an entire crowd and reminds me of the one that I made from Pioneer Woman last year. If you want to make this for just your family one weekend morning, I'd suggest halving the ingredients and baking it in a square dish instead. 

Scroll down for the ingredients and directions!




Ingredients:
* 1 loaf sourdough bread 
* 8 eggs
* 2 cups milk
* 1/2 cup heavy cream
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 2 Tablespoons vanilla

Topping:
* 1/2 cup flour
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup cold butter

Directions:
* Grease a 9" x 13" pan.
* Dice the bread loaf into cubes. Place the bread cubes in the pan.
* Combine the eggs, milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl. Pour the mixture over the bread.
* Cover the pan with cling wrap. Refrigerate the pan overnight.
* In another bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. 
* Add the butter to the mixture in small chunks and cut the butter in until the mixture is crumbly. Keep the topping mixture in a bag or storage container in the fridge overnight.
* The next day, spread the topping mixture over your bread mixture while you preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
* Bake uncovered for 45 to 60 minutes.

The next time I make this for my family, I'm going to make the sugar mixture for the bread portion with some brown sugar and white sugar, and I'm going to add some orange zest. We love sweet and citrusy over here. I'm also thinking of trying this with challah bread because it's so yummy! What do you do to jazz up a French toast bake? 

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16 comments:

  1. My mom makes something similar to this and it's sooo good. I also can't make monkey bread. I literally almost burnt down my house last time I tried. The butter somehow found a way to drip out of the pan in the oven, it was a disaster.

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    1. I love how it's touted as being an easy dish that even kids can make but somehow I screw it up every time! Thanks for linking up!

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  2. This looks amazing! I just made monkey bread on Sunday, it was ok, but it was more of a biscuit flavored bread rather than a yeasty type bread. I made it one time and it was phenomenal, but of course I can't find that recipe.

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    1. I agree- the texture is weird- like nobody asks for a hard biscuit for breakfast! Give me light, fluffy, and sugary all day!

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  3. Oh yum!!! How I wish I could jump in the screen and grab the whole pan!! This look so delicious and I love breakfast bakes, especially on weekends or for company!

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    1. I can't wait to make your's! I think I'm going to surprise Robert with it after his math exams for his Master's program next weekend! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Your salad looks AMAZING! Thanks for linking up!

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  5. You are totally speaking my love language!!! I make one similar to this that's a Paula Deen recipe. SO YUMMY!!!! I'm with Andrea, I'd like a big ol' helping of that RIGHT NOW!!!!

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    1. Ooh you know I've gotta search up some Paula Deen French toast! Thanks for linking up!

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  6. Yum yum yum! We need to try this in our house!

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    1. I love that you make it the night before and then pop it in the oven in the morning. I might make it again this weekend to have after a long Saturday!

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  7. We made this for Christmas morning one year....so dang good!

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    1. I'm going to make it for Christmas this year- I ruined Christmas morning this past Christmas with a half-burned, half-raw monkey bread! I'm going to need to try out some of your Cinco de Mayo recipes this week!

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  8. Wow! This looks SO good! Let's forget the fact that it's bad for you! :)

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    1. I meant to make it again this weekend but sleep won over grocery shopping last night!

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