If there is one thing I love to eat, it's breakfast for dinner. If there is one thing I hate to make, it's breakfast for dinner. I end up spending the entire time standing over the stove and the beginning is always cold by the time you finished making the french toast/pancakes/waffles.
This recipe solves this problem. It bakes the french toast and it tastes amazing. I used to make a baked french toast as a kid and decided to give it a try today. This is not the original recipe we used when I was a kid, but it has the same major ingredient: orange juice. It makes them incredibly sweet and the slight orange tang works well with the rest of the french toast. There are no pics today, but this recipe really doesn't need them.
8 Tablespoons (or 1 stick) of butter, melted
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
12 slices of white or wheat bread
2 9x13 pans
Beat the eggs thoroughly with the whisk. Next, add the butter, milk, orange juice, vanilla and cinnamon and whisk well until the whole thing is mixed.
Dip each slice of bread into the mixture and place them into the pans. You should have a little bit of extra mixture, pour it onto the bread, splitting it between the two pans.
Stick both pans in the fridge for at least an hour and up to 12 hours if you want to actually eat this at breakfast time.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. When you remove the pans from the oven, you may notice the butter. Don't worry about it! It's normal, it just set back up. Bake them for 20 to 25 minutes. Let them sit for about 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy with syrup, powdered sugar or whatever else you want to add.