Easy Breakfast Overnight French Toast Bake

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, and it's the perfect time to plan the big turkey dinner. Whether you plan to try some new things or stick to traditional family recipes, it's fun to put all the pieces together. As you go about your planning, don't forget about the most important meal of the day – breakfast! My family likes to start holiday mornings by sitting down for breakfast together. It's our tradition to serve sparkling juice in goblets and toast to kick off the day. Sometimes we make homemade caramel rolls, or when pressed for time, we'll make an egg or French toast bake. French toast bakes are perfect for holiday mornings because they can be assembled the night before and popped in the oven the next morning.

Add this Overnight French Toast Bake, featuring the versatile Bacon Pepper Jam, to your Thanksgiving day menu. The savory bacon, tangy Swiss cheese and a touch of sweetness is a great way to start the day. This recipe can be baked and served in the gorgeous Ceramic Baker; the removable silicone handles make it easy to go from oven to table.

Speaking of planning ahead, if you start your holiday gift shopping right after Thanksgiving dinner, consider adding Serve It Up™ to your shopping list. This ultimate gift includes delicious products, recipe cards and that gorgeous ceramic baker packaged neatly in a gift box.

Cheers!

-Joy

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Overnight French Toast Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 (1 pound) loaf sweet sliced bread (such as King's Hawaiian), brioche or challah
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1½ cups half & half
  • ¼ cup maple syrup, plus extra for serving
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Place bread slices on rack or platter at room temperature until slightly dried out, approximately 2 hours. Cut bread into 1-inch cubes.
  2. In medium bowl, combine cream cheese and Bacon Pepper Jam. In greased 13x9-inch baking pan, place half of following items in order listed: bread cubes, small dollops of cream cheese jam mixture, Swiss cheese. Repeat.
  3. In large bowl, whisk eggs, half & half, maple syrup and cinnamon. Slowly pour over bread mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake covered for 30 minutes; uncover and bake an additional 30-40 minutes or until set. Drizzle with maple syrup when serving.

Tip: To dry bread cubes before assembling, place cubed bread in 250°F oven for 10-15 minutes.

Tips and Hints

  • To dry bread cubes before assembling, place cubed bread in 250°F oven for 10-15 minutes.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new twist on French Toast My friend made this for a brunch we had. I like the combination of the sweet with a little kick of the bacon pepper jam. It was delicious with actual bacon served on the side. Everyone in attendance thought it was delicious!
Date published: 2016-11-10
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