Overnight Cinnamon Challah French Toast

This is the perfect lazy brunch recipe. It’s essentially a bread pudding, but the crackling cinnamon sugar top, custardy challah bread and warm maple syrup drizzled over makes for the most comforting morning treat.

Yield: 8-10

Overnight Cinnamon Challah French Toast

Prep time: 24 HourCook time: 1 HourTotal time: 25 Hour

Ingredients

Bread Filling
  • 1 pound loaf of Challah Bread, cut into large cubes
  • 8 Eggs
  • 1 cup of Cream
  • 1 1/4 cups Whole Milk
  • 3/4 cup of Brown Sugar (light or dark)
  • 1 TB Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
Topping
  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar (light or dark)
  • 2/3 cup AP Flour
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 10 TB Unsalted Butter, cold and cubed

Instructions

Bread Filling
  1. Place cubed bread in a large baking dish (I used a large round pie dish, but any baking dish will do).
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon.
  3. Pour liquid over bread and allow bread to absorb the liquid.
  4. Cover the dish with tin foil or plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight.
Topping
  1. Using a food processor, pulse all the dry ingredients together.
  2. Add in cubed butter and pulse until the topping comes together (If you don't have a food processor use a pastry cutter or even your hands until the mixture looks like wet sand.).
  3. Place in container separate of the bread filling in the fridge until ready to bake.
Baking instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Remove the wrap from the bread filling and sprinkle the topping over.
  3. Bake for about an hour until the bread has set.
  4. Increase the oven to 425F to allow the topping to brown for a few minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to rest for about 15 minutes.
  6. Serve with warm maple syrup and fresh fruit.

Notes:

This dish can be baked a couple hours ahead of time and left in a warming drawer or low temp oven until ready to serve.

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