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
2 Tbsp butter
1 baguette, cut into 1 inch cubes
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)
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
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.