Wednesday, July 9, 2008

{tasty tuesdays}... on a Wednesday!

As you might have noticed, "tasty tuesdays" have somehow fallen by the wayside these last couple of weeks. My apologies. I had a recipe in mind to post yesterday, actually... and then I was up sick most of the night on Monday, which left me completely wiped and exhausted on Tuesday. There was a major flu bug that made it's way through our little circle after all our families spent so much time together over the 4th of July weekend... ugh, not fun. Poor dears. But, I think we are all better now!

And even though it is Wednesday, I am still going to post this week's recipe. It's a good one. We had a family brunch on Saturday morning here at my house-- it was so wonderful and relaxing-- and this was what I made. It was so good (I'm not trying to toot my own horn-- it's truly just a delicious recipe, that's all) I didn't even manage to snap a picture of it before it was half gone! It is not healthy, but if you are looking for a tasty breakfast splurge-- here it is. :)

French Toast Casserole

1 loaf french bread, cut in 20 slices

8 eggs

2 cups half-and-half (I used fat-free)

1 cup milk

2 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

dash salt

Lay/ overlap bread slices in a well-greased 9x13 pan. Mix eggs, half and half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt with whisk until well-beaten. Pour mixtures over bread slices, making sure to spoon some between the slices too. You want ALL the bread to be well-coated. Cover pan and allow to soak overnight in refrigerator.

Praline mix:

2 sticks butter (I cut it down to 1 1/2), melted

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup chopped pecans (chopped walnuts also work well)

2 Tbsp light corn syrup

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

The next morning, heat over to 350 degrees. Make praline mix by mixing all ingredients together. Spread over bread slices, once again making sure to get some in between the slices too. Bake approximately 40 minutes, or until no longer soggy on top and edges.

Best served warm, with lots of lovely people to enjoy it with you!


Steph Corwin said...

I will attest that this was the yummiest breakfast in the whole world! And I do suggest that you make it for a crowd, otherwise I could picture myself sitting on the kitchen floor and eating this whole thing with a fork straight out of the casserole dish.


Sunny said...

Oh no, I am so sorry to hear you were sick! I heard about that stomach bug and it sounds awful. Your recipe, on the other hand, sounds delicious! How fun to have family over for brunch!

Sarah Marie said...

Yuck! I'm so sorry you were sick! That's no fun, especially in the summer! Glad you guys are doing better! Thanks for posting this recipe -- it looks SO good! YUM! I love French Toast!

shan & andrew said...

Oh wow! That looks AMAZING!!!

Cheeziemommie said...

this sounds perfect for Christmas/easter morning!
I love stuff that you can prepare the night before! And with big lunches or brunches on those days this just sounds perfect! oops said that twice :) anywho thanks for sharing!

caitlyn said...

Mmmm it was so yummy! I'm glad I reminded you to take a picture of it! Even though it was halfway gone, I think it just shows how much we all LOVED it!

Kourtni said...

Sounds really good! I rarely make breakfast, but this is probably something I could manage. Yumm!!!

*CPA Su* said...

That yucky flu bug hit our house a couple of weeks ago glad you're feeling better! And YAY! for Tasty Tuesdays returning! =) This will definitely be one I will try...especially after all of the rave comments on it!

Lauren said...

Your vintage exposaroonie photo was fantastic!!!!

sohobutterfly said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, YUMMY!