Growing up, breakfast was usually my dad’s domain. His famous “googy” eggs (soft boiled eggs) with toast soldiers were a favorite, along with his pancakes that we were allowed to help stir. Most of the breakfasts we enjoyed were thrown together on weekend mornings, with little planning or fuss. But now that I’m an adult, the idea of throwing together breakfast always feels like a bit much. I usually do something boring and quick, like yogurt or cereal, or if I’m feeling ambitious, fried eggs over left over vegetables from last night’s dinner. Certainly not off the cuff pancakes.
And this is why I love Baked French Toast. If you’re like me, and groan at the idea of waking up extra early to prepare breakfast, this make ahead recipe is a wonderful solution to serving a large breakfast or brunch. Instead of acting as a short order cook, plating French Toast as it comes off the griddle, baked french toast is cooked all at once, sort of like a breakfast bread pudding. If you make it the night before, you just throw it in the oven the next morning.
I love this idea for breakfast events, like Father’s Day. It’s indulgent without being too dessert-y, and surprisingly easy to whip together when you’re still in your bathrobe. To make it more “dad” I added blueberries and bourbon, but feel free to try your own combos like banana chocolate chip or nutella walnut. Enjoy!
6 large eggs
2 cups milk
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
10 slices day-old brioche (about 3/4 inch thick)
1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
2 cups blueberries
2 tablespoons whiskey
Beat eggs in a bowl. Whisk in milk, cream, sugar, vanilla extract, whiskey, nutmeg, and salt.
Working in batches, dip 10 slices day-old brioche into batter to coat. Overlap brioche slices in a 9-by-13-inch ceramic or glass baking dish, sprinkling the blueberries and walnuts throughout. Pour remaining batter over top. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Uncover; bake until top is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes more. Serve with syrup and whipped cream.