Sunrise Challah French Toast Bake
3-4 slices of challah, sliced (regular or thick, depending on preference)
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 Tbs brown sugar **
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste, or extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon **
dash of nutmeg
1-2 Tbs butter, cubed
Maple Syrup *
Grease a 9-inch pie dish with butter or baking spray (I like Pam with Flour Baking Spray), then fill with the slices of challah spread in one layer. Fill in all the spaces with torn pieces of bread if necessary.
Mix together the eggs, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg - pour over the challah.
Preheat oven to 375F
Let sit on counter for at least 10 mins for bread to absorb egg mixture. **add another sprinkle of brown sugar and cinnamon over the top if preferred. Dot top with cubed butter pieces.
Bake for 30 minutes until the eggs are set - * Spoon a bit of maple syrup over french toast the last 5 mins. of cooking time if preferred ... Serve warm with butter and maple syrup on the side.
Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar before serving.
Recipe & Photos by: Diane Baker for Canning and Cooking at Home