Cinnamon Baked French Toast - The Gingered Whisk

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Cinnamon Baked French Toast

Somedays I feel like this blog is a little one-sided. It sometimes seems like I only ever talk about food here, and occasionally plug in a family fact or cute photo of Ladybug. But I do so much more than play with my daughter and eat food!
Geesh, this photo is terrible!
So sorry, but its rainy and cloudy, and it was the best I could do! :) 

Take books, for instance. I read books ALL the time! I have always been a big reader, ever since I was little. I remember road trips with my family where my father would constantly be yelling at me to put down my book and look out the window at the scenery! I am pretty sure I read through the entire young adult section of my childhood library. I find that I am always giving out book recommendations to my friends, so I thought I should just go ahead and include you, too! If you check out my Inspiration page, I have a whole list of my absolute favorite books on there, and I will keep adding to the list, too.

I have been kind of toying with the idea of expanding my blog a bit. My focus would still definitely be on food, but what would you think if I threw up a book recommendation now and then? Or maybe put in an activity that Ladybug and I have done? Or I crafty thing I made? What do you guys think? Do you want to see more variety here, or just stick with food? (and yes, I know its my blog and I can do whatever I want, but sometimes its nice to know what others think, too!)

This post seriously needed another picture,
so here is one we took when we went to the park yesterday! :) 

Cinnamon Baked French Toast (Pioneer Woman)

1 loaf of crusty sourdough or french bread
8 eggs
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup whipping cream
3/4 cup sugar
2 TBSP vanilla extract

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick butter, cut into pieces and chilled

Butter a 9x13 baking dish.
Tear the bread into chunks and evenly distribute them into the bottom of the pan.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, sugar and vanilla.
Pour the mixture evenly over the bread.
Cover tightly and place in the fridge overnight.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt (and a bit of nutmeg, if you like!)
Add the butter pieces and rub into the flour mixture until crumbly.
Store in a ziplock back in the fridge.

Iin the morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Remove the casserole from the fridge and sprinkle the crumb mixture over the top.
Bake fore 45 minutes for a softer-pudding type texture or 1 hour for a more firmer texture.
Plate, top with maple syrup, and Enjoy!!


  1. Most definitely expand to include the other things that make you YOU. :-) I love little glimpses into real life like that. :-)

  2. I love your new look! I love all the food you talk about. Hearing about other things going on would be fun too. :0)

  3. I like the new design!
    Every time I visit it looks better and better :)

    Baked French toast sounds delicious.

    Yeah, I also think you should write about other stuff too.
    Would be interesting!

  4. Mmmmmm.... I would love to wake up to this on a Saturday morning! Book recommendations would be great; I'm always looking for new books to read :-)


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