Brunch: Crock Pot French Toast
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From December 2010:
I love big weekend brunches! Breakfast is a pretty big tradition in my family on the weekends. Both my mom and I worked in diners when we were in college and nothing beats my mother’s omelettes with a side of corn beef hash or sausage.
I can also say I hate all the dishes involved after a nap worthy brunch fest. How many pots and pans can you dirty with bacon or eggs, french toast and pancakes— and lets not even deulve into waffles. By the time you muster the energy, and actually get through a sink full, I’m keen to make another total kitchen mess with cookies, pie, or whatever recipe (holiday cookies!?!) I’m experimenting with that week. Good thing my boyfriend doesn’t mind rolling up his sleeves and lending a hand. I think that is worth a breakfast in bed on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
I have tons of brunch recipes that until now I haven’t posted. I’m hoping to get into a routine of posting Sunday Brunch receipe here and there on Saturday evenings perfect for a late Sunday morning Brunch, and heres a great one, with limited dishes involved.
Crock Pot French Toast:
I got a crock pot for Christmas last year after having to borrow my mom’s for last years Thanksgiving dinner extravaganza. Sad to say I packed up and stored it away after greatly over estimating the time it would take to cook chicken tikka marsala while I as at work. Burning curry is nothing you want to arrive home to. My aunt gave me this recipe after raving here and there about bring her crock pot full of fluffly ready to serve french toast at work. She brings it in a couple times a year a round holiday season and serves it to her office. Its soooo easy to make and its wonderful to wake up on a weekend morning to the smell of ready to dive into French toast– set your coffee maker the night before and you won’t have to lift a finger before breakfast.
I made half of what her recipe calls for as my crockpot is a bit more on the petite side.
1/2 loaf of bread.
I don’t recommend wheat bread generally though honey wheat is pretty good as french toast. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl is to die for, or a challah bread works too. A loaf of day old french or italian is also best as french toast.
Break up bread in half pieces.
6 eggs, 2 c milk, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp light brown sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla.
Pour over bread if you’ve already placed in the crock pot. I was worried I find out the next day that not all the bread had gotten saturated so I dunked my pieces individually and layered them. I’d recommend this if you are using a hardier or more stale bread. Set crockpot to lowest setting. Cooking takes at least 6 hours.
In the morning you will find a fluffly, bread pudding-souffle like breakfast. Remove the lid about 15 minutes before its done and it will brown and toast. Serve with warm syrup!! Serves 4-6 depending on how hungry your guests are.
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