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Recipe: Baked French Toast with Berries & Vanilla Syrup

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

Baked French Toast with Berries and Vanilla Syrup
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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