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Recipe: Baked French Toast with Berries & Vanilla Syrup

This recipe is so easy to throw together and it's always the centerpiece at any brunch!

Baked French Toast with Berries & Vanilla Syrup from Sweet Paul's Eat & Make | MarlaMeridith.com
Yields1 Serving
Prep Time10 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time55 mins
french toast
 unsalted butter for the pan
 1 Brioche Loaf (about 1 pund)
 1 1/2 cups whole milk
 4 large eggs
 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
 pinch of salt
 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
vanilla syrup
 1 vanilla Bean or 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
 1 cup water
 1 cup granulated sugar
 mixed berries for topping
1

Butter a 9 inch baking dish. Cut 6 slices of the brioche about 1/2 inch thick. Cut the rest into 1 inch cubes. Place the cubes in the baking dish.

2

Using a star shaped cookie cutter, cut out stars (or any shape) from the 6 slices of bread. Place them on top of the cubes in the dish.

3

In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix together the milk, eggs, vanilla & salt.

4

Pour the custard mixture over the brioche, pressing down gently so all the bread absorbs the liquid. Cover & refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

5

Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F, with a rack in the middle position.

6

Sprinkle the top of the french toast casserole with the granulated sugar. Bake until golden, about 35 minutes.

Vanilla Syrup
7

Halve the vanilla bean lengthwise & scrape out the seeds using a small knife. Discard the pod.

8

In a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar & vanilla seeds to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is syrupy. Cool slightly.

9

Serve the French Toast warm, topped with fresh berries & vanilla syrup.

Ingredients

french toast
 unsalted butter for the pan
 1 Brioche Loaf (about 1 pund)
 1 1/2 cups whole milk
 4 large eggs
 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
 pinch of salt
 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
vanilla syrup
 1 vanilla Bean or 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
 1 cup water
 1 cup granulated sugar
 mixed berries for topping

Directions

1

Butter a 9 inch baking dish. Cut 6 slices of the brioche about 1/2 inch thick. Cut the rest into 1 inch cubes. Place the cubes in the baking dish.

2

Using a star shaped cookie cutter, cut out stars (or any shape) from the 6 slices of bread. Place them on top of the cubes in the dish.

3

In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix together the milk, eggs, vanilla & salt.

4

Pour the custard mixture over the brioche, pressing down gently so all the bread absorbs the liquid. Cover & refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

5

Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F, with a rack in the middle position.

6

Sprinkle the top of the french toast casserole with the granulated sugar. Bake until golden, about 35 minutes.

Vanilla Syrup
7

Halve the vanilla bean lengthwise & scrape out the seeds using a small knife. Discard the pod.

8

In a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar & vanilla seeds to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is syrupy. Cool slightly.

9

Serve the French Toast warm, topped with fresh berries & vanilla syrup.

Recipe: Baked French Toast with Berries & Vanilla Syrup

~ Marla Meridith

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