Make-Ahead Vanilla French Toast
Weekend guests? Make this scrumptious French toast with brown sugar sauce. It’s sweet and easy!
20 min.prep time
1 (1-pound) loaf French bread
1 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest, if desired
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sliced almonds*
Maple syrup, if desired
Slice bread into 12 (1-inch thick) slices. Arrange bread slices in bottom of greased 13x9-inch baking dish; set aside.
Combine all remaining French toast ingredients in bowl. Beat at low speed until well mixed. Pour mixture over bread, covering all bread surfaces. Cover; refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
Heat oven to 350°F.
Combine all sauce ingredients
almonds in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes or until butter is melted. Continue cooking until mixture comes to a boil.
Reduce heat to low;
cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat.
Sprinkle bread with almonds. Pour half of sauce mixture over bread mixture in pan. Bake, uncovered, 45-55 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes.
Just before serving, heat remaining sauce; pour over French toast. Serve French toast warm with maple syrup, if desired.
*Substitute chopped pecans.