Overnight Baked Cinnamon Toast

Time: overnight plus 1 hour baking

My family loves french toast. I am not such a big fan, but I do like to make it for them as it is a meal they will fill up on. This recipe is great when you are having company for breakfast or brunch – as we can focus on visiting, rather than making a big breafkast. This version is great as you can add different fruit or fruit syrup to top it up. I have paired it with “We Are One” as it is breakfast to share with loved ones and to get your day started on an upbeat, positive note – watch it until the end – the fireworks and kids will make you happy all day!

Music Selection: Pitbull & Jennifer Lopez – We Are One (Ole Ola) – 2014 FIFA World Cup Song

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp butter

1 baguette, cut into 1 inch cubes

8 eggs

2 cups cream

1 can Devonshire ambrosia custard (400 g) – or make Bird’s custard

2 Tbsp vanilla

1 cup sugar (you can use brown sugar to give a bit more caramel flavor)

Topping:

½ cup flour

½ cup brown sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp salt

1/8 tsp nutmeg, grated

¼ cup cold butter, cubed

Fresh berries, whipping cream and fruit syrups for garnish

Directions:

Butter a large 9 x 13 casserole dish. Cut up the baguette and place evenly in casserole dish.

In a large bowl, mix eggs, cream, custard, vanilla and sugar until well mixed. Pour over the bread. Cover with plastic wrap and leave overnight in the fridge.

In the morning – an hour before you want to eat – preheat oven to 350 deg F.

In bowl, mix the dry topping ingredients together and then using a pastry cutter, cut in the butter until you have a crumbly mix. (You can do this the night before and store it in a covered container in the fridge). Then sprinkle over the bread pudding evenly.

Bake in the oven for 1 hour. Remove and serve immediately with whipping cream, fruit and fruit flavored syrups.

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