I am calling this "Once-a-Year" French Toast because it is definitely an indulgent dish. I can't tell you how many times I have sent this to someone only to have them respond "wow, that has just about every 'bad" thing in it.
I actually make this twice a year at this point. It is a must-have at our annual winter "family" vacation where we lounge around with 20+ friends at a cabin in the woods. I also make it on Christmas morning with some version of plain-old cinnamon, chai or eggnog. I'm sharing the Chai Spiced French Toast version with you here, but don't worry, I'll come back with the other's later.
I' m not a "sweets" person, so this has been carefully considered to be sweet, but not overly sweet. Anyone that likes french toast to basically taste like candy can top this with a dust of powdered sugar or a hearty drizzle of maple syrup.
Yet again, I have a brunch recipe that can be prepped the night before (or even two nights) meaning that you can prep this on December 23rd. Wake up on Christmas morning, make yourself a cup of coffee while the oven pre-heats, pop this into the oven and you are ready for breakfast after the stockings are opened.
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- 1 loaf bread (stale is best -- Use challah, french bread, or brioche)
- 2 cups 2% milk
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 8 large eggs
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon chai spice mixture
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons chai spice mixture ([SEE BELOW] )
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick butter (cold and cut into cubes)
Chai Spice Mixture
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- hearty pinch ground black pepper
- Grease a 9x13 baking dish
- Cut the bread into 1/2-1" cubes and place them in the greased baking dish.
- Mix together eggs, milk, whipping cream, sugar, vanilla, and 1 tsp of the chai spice mixture. Beat until the eggs have completely mixed in. Pour the mixture over the bread. Cover dish and refrigerate at least 2 hours, but up to 48 hours.
- In another bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar and 2 tsps of the chai spice mixture. Store overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Sprinkle brown sugar topping over the egg and bread mixture. Cut cold butter into cubes and drop them evenly all over the top of the french toast prior to baking.
- Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. 45 minutes will leave you with a soggier french toast. Baking for 1 hour will give you a firmer dish.
- Serve warm with a dusting of powdered sugar or a drizzle of maple syrup.
- When traveling with this dish for a weekend away, I pre-make the topping by dumping all ingredients into a plastic bag. I take the other ingredients in their whole form and make it once I am at the cabin.