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  • 9th Sep 2023
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Overnight French toast

The perfect brunch to prep overnight if you’re hosting breakfast for the whole family.

Serves: 6 – 8


Cooking spray

1 (1-lb.) loaf raisin challah or regular challah, sliced 1″ thick

8 large eggs

1/2 c. light brown sugar

1 c. heavy cream

1 c. whole milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

For topping

2 sticks butter, softened

1 c. light brown sugar

1 c. raw pecans, roughly chopped

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Fresh fruit and maple syrup, for serving


If you have time, let slices air dry at least 2 hours or up to 8.

Coat a 13″- by -9″ baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange slices in a baking dish in 2 overlapping rows.

In a large bowl, whisk eggs and brown sugar until incorporated. Whisk in cream, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Using a ladle, evenly spoon the egg mixture over the bread. Tightly cover the baking dish with foil and refrigerate overnight or up to 12 hours.


Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, mash butter, brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt to a thick paste.

Dollop the butter mixture evenly over the bread. Bake until puffed and golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes.

Serve French toast with fruit and plenty of maple syrup alongside.


Recipe credit: Delish

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