Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

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I saw this recipe in my news feed last week posted by Cupcakes and Crinoline and I knew right away that I was going to bake it for Easter brunch!  It was the right choice and we all loved it.  It has made it’s way onto my permanent brunch list of recipes.

The cinnamon rolls that the recipe calls for were a bit hard to locate but I finally found them ~ they are different than the usual Pillsbury  cinnamon rolls we throw in a pan and bake.  These  are rolled up like homemade cinnamon rolls.

Cinnamon Roll French Toast

To get this delicious recipe, click on this link ~ Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole.

Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast with Blueberry Syrup

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As a rule, I am not a fan of French toast but I have really started to like these overnight French toast recipes.  I think I made this one for Christmas breakfast for Mr. Meat Eater and I and we really enjoyed it.

I always use Challah bread for these kinds of recipes ~ it soaks up the liquids nicely and it’s a bit sweet.  King’s Hawaiian bread would work nicely, too.  I used frozen blueberries for both the casserole and the syrup and they worked perfectly.

I found the recipe on a blog called Real Mom Kitchen ~ it’s a very cute blog with some great recipes so check it out when you have a chance.

Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast with Blueberry Syrup

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

French Toast:

12 slices bread, cut into cubes ~ I used challah but King’s Hawaiian would work
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, cut in cubes
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen) ~ I used frozen and probably about 1 1/2 cups ~ do not defrost
12 eggs
1/3 cup real maple syrup
2 cups milk

Arrange 1/2 of the bread cubes in a greased 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle cream cheese cubes and blueberries evenly over the bread cubes and top with remaining bread cubes.

Mix together the eggs, milk, and syrup. Pour over bread cubes and cover the pan with foil. Refrigerate overnight.

Bake, covered, at 350º for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes or until fluffy and golden.

Top with sauce.

Makes 8 servings.

Syrup:

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tbsps cornstarch
1 cup blueberries ~ I used frozen but fresh is fine ~ do not defrost
1 tbsp butter

Cook water, sugar, and cornstarch together until thickened. Stir in blueberries and simmer for 10 minutes. Add butter and stir until melted. Serve over the french toast.

Happy Cooking!

My EB Pink Party, Berry French Toast, and a Giveaway

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This giveaway has ended but check the giveaways link up above to see if there are any current giveaways going on!

Before I get on to business, I finally figured out a way to include printable recipes using google documents.  From now on, after each recipe you will see a link that says View Printable Recipe, click on it and it will take you to the recipe in google docs and you can print out just the recipe!  I will slowly start to add in all the recipes here but it will take awhile.  Until then, just follow the directions under PRINTING up in the bar right up on top.

Last month (or maybe it was August) I was contacted by Eggland’s Best to see if wanted to have an EB Pink Party in support of breast cancer awareness month.  I jumped at the chance.  EB sponsored my brunch and sent an amazing prize pack that I will send on to one lucky winner!   We had a great time at my brunch ~ these are my friends from our local dog park.  A few couldn’t make it and we really missed them.   We are a pretty diverse group of all ages AND our dogs all get along!

Between us in this picture, we have 13 dogs and 2 grand dogs.  I’m the 4th from the left if anyone is wondering!  Mr. Meat Eater took the picture so he will remain the mystery man 🙂

I can’t thank Eggland’s Best enough for the chance to have this party and for all they do to help in the fight against breast cancer.  I’m beside myself that they chose me and my blog to help pass along the word and that they have such delicious eggs.  I haven’t used any other brand of eggs in years!

One of the dishes I made was berry French toast.  I am NOT a French toast lover and anything that even LOOKS like bread pudding I usually run away from.  I don’t know what compelled me to try this dish but it has to be one of the best breakfast dishes I have ever made.  It’s super easy and is not the least bit heavy.

The recipe calls for French bread but I used a loaf of challah bread instead and I think a loaf of King’s Hawaiian bread would be just as good.  The other thing I like is that it calls for frozen berries so it can be made all year round instead of just during berry season.  The frozen berries are also cheaper to use.

I think this was the most popular dish at the brunch!

Berry French Toast

1 loaf of French Bread, cubed (I used Challah)
6 egg whites
3 eggs
1 3/4 cups milk (I used 2%)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 (12 ounce) pkg frozen unsweetened mixed berries
2 tbsps cold butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar

Places cubed bread in a lightly greased 13×9 baking dish.

In a bowl, combine the egg whites, eggs milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt and pour over the bread cubes in the baking dish. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. I have never let it sit that long. I usually make it about 5 hours ahead and put in the fridge until baking time.

Bake, covered, at 350º for 30 minutes. Once you have put it in the oven, take the berries out of the freezer and let sit on the cupboard to defrost a bit.

In a small bowl, cut the butter into the brown sugar until crumbly. Sprinkle berries, the brown sugar/butter over the top and bake, uncovered, for 15-20 more minutes or until a knife inserted near the middle comes out clean.

Serve with maple syrup if desired. It’s really good with the syrup!

Make 8-10 servings.

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

More brunch recipes to come this week!

Now for the giveaway.  Here’s what is included in the prize pack:

In the prize pack from Eggland’s Best you will get a set of 4 EB ramekins, 1 EB apron, 1 EB whisk, 1 EB spatula, 1, EB egg timer, 1 EB eco bag, 1 EB plush egg.

For a chance to win, just let me know your favorite dish to make for breakfast!  That’s it ~ very easy!

The giveaway will run until October 17 at midnight.  If you are the winner, you will have 3 days to get in contact with me!  I will use Random.org to choose a winner.

Thank you Eggland’s Best!!!!!!!

Happy Cooking!

Creme Brulee French Toast

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I have seen this recipe all over the internet and it’s in many, many cookbooks and for good reason I think.  While it may not taste taste exactly like creme brulee,  it has enough of the flavor to make a very special breakfast.

I like this recipe because it’s put together the night before and baked in the morning ~ which is perfect for us non-morning people!  The recipe called for French bread but I use a loaf of challah and it worked perfectly.  I did not remove the crusts since they were soft.  Oh and please use the Grand Marnier brand of orange liqueur ~ it’s worth it!   There is no need for syrup since the brown sugar mixture will be your syrup.

This is how it looks coming out of the oven:

This is how it looks when you take a piece out and flip it over:

Creme Brulee French Toast

1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsps light corn syrup
6 slices French, crusts removed
5 eggs
1 1/2 cups half and half (I used fat free)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp Grand Marnier
1/4 tsp salt

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Mix in the brown sugar and corn syrup and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour this mixture into a 9×13 baking dish.

Arrange bread in the baking dish on top of the sugar mixture in a single layer. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half, vanilla, Grand Marnier, and salt. Pour over the bread in the pan. Cover and put in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight.

In the morning, preheat the oven to 350º. I put the dish on the counter while the oven is heating to take off the chill.

Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes until puffed and lightly browned. Mine gets very puffy but settles down as it cools.

Makes 6 servings.

Happy Cooking!

Grand Marnier French Toast with Berry Compote

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Happy Father’s Day!

If you want a special breakfast, this is it. It’s easy to make but tastes like you’ve been cooking all morning. The recipes makes ALOT of berry compote. I am going to freeze the leftovers to use on pancakes or to make a berry shortcake dessert. I used King’s Hawaiian bread because this area is not a hotbed of culinary ingredients so sometimes I have to make do with what I can find. It would be better to use challah if you can get it. I also used thawed frozen mixed berries.

The recipe came from the July issue of Bon Appetit. I did feel that there was too much vanilla in the egg mixture so I would cut it down next time to 1/2 tsp or 1 tsp. Sorry about the picture ~ I never said I was good photographer 😉

Grand Marnier French Toast with Berry Compote

Compote:
1 cup orange juice
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup spiced rum
2 tbsps cornstarch
2 tbsps water
6 mixed mixed fresh berries or thawed frozen mixed berries

French Toast:
8 large eggs
1 cup milk
2 tbsps Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
1 1/2 tsps vanilla extract
1 cup orange juice
8 1-inch slices of challah, brioche or other egg bread
butter
confectioner’s sugar for garnish

Compote: Place orange juice, sugar and rum in a large saucepan and bring to a boil to dissolve sugar. Stir cornstarch and water together in a small bowl and add to orange juice mixture. Boil until thickened, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Add the berries, reduce heat to medium, and stir until berries soften and are heated through, about 3 or 4 minutes.

French Toast: Whisk together first 4 ingredients, then whisk in orange juice. Transfer to 15×10 glass baking dish. Add bread slices to the egg mixture; turn to coat. Let stand until bread absorbs most of the egg mixture, turning bread occasionally.

Heat griddle or large heavy frying pan over medium heat. Melt butter. Cook French toast until browned and cooked through (firm to touch in center), about 3 minutes per side. Keep warm in 250º oven (on a cookie sheet) if needed while cooking rest of toast.

Divide French toast among the plates, spoon compote over the top and dust with confectioner’s sugar.

Serves 6 to 8

Happy Cooking!