I mentioned earlier today that I was going to bake a Make Ahead French Toast Casserole today for my pantry/freezer challenge. This recipe is not only very frugal, but tastes great!
Melt a 1/4 cup of butter and spread around the bottom of your baking pan
Make a mixture of 1 cup brown sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Sprinkle half of the sugar mixture on top of the bread. Layer on 6 more slices and sprinkle the rest of the sugar mixture on top.
You will next make an egg and milk mixture. Mix together 5 eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk and a tsp of vanilla extract. My mixture was not mixed as well as it could have been, because I used a bowl that was too small. Pour mixture over the bread.
Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight, OR if you want it for dinner like we did at least 4-6 hours.
When your are ready to bake, place in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes with foil on, and then 15 more minutes with foil off. Makes 4-6 servings
Before eating I added some strawberries and syrup on my serving and it was delicious!
** BAKING TIP** When mixing my sugar mixture, I found that my brown sugar was hard. I did a quick search on the internet to figure out how to soften it. I found if you add a small bowl of water in the microwave with the hardened sugar (beside it, not on it) it will soften your sugar. Well this sort of worked. I did a one minute round and then three 30 second rounds but my sugar was still not soft enough to use. It reminded me of the consistency of a block of cheese. I then thought, hmm, I wonder if I can grate it. Turns out YOU CAN! It made a little big of a mess, but I quickly got the amount of brown sugar I needed.
**SAVING MONEY TIP** This meal is perfect if you need to feed a lot of people on very little money. With sales, this recipe literally cost my just pennies to make. I bought the Aunt Millies bread on sale Buy 1, Get 2 free.. Depending on how you look at it, this could have been the FREE loaf (LOL) or it averaged out to be $1.06 per loaf. The brown sugar was only .89, and I used only 1/8 of it, about .10 worth. The cinnamon and vanilla extract was such a small amount, they were only only a few cents each. Lets say .10 for each. The eggs were on sale for $1.18 and I only used 5 or about .50 worth. The milk was on sale for only $2 and only a cup and a half is needed. The Log Cabin syrup I bought on sale with coupons for only $1 a bottle. We used only half of bottle. The butter I used was FREE with coupons. The strawberries were also only $1 and only 2 members of my family used them. This casserole cost me way under $5 and the family loved it and wanted more. This recipe is definitley a keeper.