Try this easy variation on traditional French toast. Put it together the night before and bake it while the coffee is brewing and everyone is waking up. Half the recipe for 6 servings. It also reheats well.. so make a big batch and enjoy for several meals!
French Toast Casserole
1 loaf (10 ounces) French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (10 cups)
3 cups milk
4 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Topping:
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, cubed
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Maple syrup, optional
Place bread cubes in a greased 9x13-in baking dish. Beat eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and salt. Pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Dot with butter. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the top.
Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes. Serve with syrup, if desired.