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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

French Toast Casserole Recipe

My sister-in-law, Rebekah, makes this delicious French Toast Casserole and she emailed me her recipe so I could make it for breakfast this morning.  I made a few changes to it since Mike is more of a salty breakfast guy.  The changes were good but I like it better the original way.  This would be great to serve at a brunch along with the Paula Deen hash brown casserole so people have a choice between salty or sweet.

12 slices of bread (sandwich, French, Italian, whatever you have on hand) 
1 stick of butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
5 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk

Melt the butter and mix in brown sugar until dissolved.  Pour into a greased 9x13 pan.  You can cut the bread into quarters for easy serving or just place the slices in the pan.  Depending on the type of bread, you will have 1-2 layers.  Combine eggs, milk, and cinnamon and whisk well.  Pour on top of bread.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  In the morning, bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Variations - Add pecans or walnuts to sugar mix.  Add vanilla or pumpkin pie spice.  The variations I used last night were homemade sourdough bread, 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice along with the teaspoon of cinnamon, walnuts, sausage, and bacon.  Mike wanted something more salty in his so I thought the sausage and bacon would be perfect for him.  Turns out that he wasn't in love with it so we'll just stick with making him a different casserole and this one can be mine.  The walnuts were a perfect addition and my favorite part in this casserole is the nice brown sugar and butter crunch that it adds to the bread. 

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