I have quite a bit of time on my hands due to Hurricane Harvey. I have spent some time volunteering and working on long term efforts with some of my blogger friends. But I STILL had some time on my hands. So what’s a food blogger to do? Play around in the kitchen that’s what. As a brunch lover, I have wanted to create a French Toast Casserole after seeing Tia Mowry’s version on her cooking show! Now seemed like a great time to create a Brioche French Toast Casserole! Check out the recipe below.
Brioche French Toast Casserole
A Brioche French Toast Casserole
- 1 loaf Brioche Bread
- 6 Eggs
- 1 1/2 Cups Heavy Cream
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 Tsp Nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 Tbsp White Granulated Sugar
- 1/4 Cup White Flour
- 1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine heavy cream, milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla extract, white granulated sugar and eggs into a bowl. Whisk until combined and set aside.
Coat a medium sized baking dish with butter.
Cut brioche loaf into small cubes. Place in baking dish, evenly layering bread.
Pour cream and egg mixture evenly over the cubed bread ensuring that each piece is covered with the mixture. (Tip: Leave the casserole in the fridge over night before baking so the egg mixture can really soak in to the bread)
Using a separate bowl for the crumb coating, combine brown sugar, flour and butter into bowl. Using a fork combine the ingredients and break the butter up into small pieces. Pour crumb coating mixture over the top of the french toast, spreading evenly.
Place in preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes. Serve hot after cooling for about 5 minutes.
Here are a few tips or things to keep in mind as you make your very own Brioche French Toast Casserole!
- Brioche Bread is already a sweet bread so be careful if you plan to add more sugar or other sweet add ons like fruits.
- For this, I typically go to Whole Foods and use their EuroClassic bread. Some time ago, they told me they shipped it weekly from France, but now I really think they just make it in the instore bakery. It is very good all the same.
- This is VERY sweet mainly because of the sugar crumb topping, as such skip the syrup. You will not need it. The crumb coating is basically a syrup.
- The biggest plus to this dish? You can easily make it ahead of time. For example, if you plan to use it for a Christmas breakfast, mix it up the night before and pop it in the oven while you are opening gifts. By the time you have cleaned up all of the wrapping paper, your Brioche French Toast Casserole will be ready to serve. When. you mix it up the night before, the flavors, especially the cinnamon really soak throughout the casserole.
- Like most casseroles, this is best the first day. I’ve reheated it in the microwave, but if you want the crunch an Airfryer or oven may be best.
I really loved this dish and think it makes for a perfect brunch party dish or a simple breakfast at home :).