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Holiday Cooking. Crock Pot French Toast



Christmas morning is one of those days that I love to make a casserole or put something in the crock pot the night before.  There is nothing better than watching the kids opening their gifts and having a great breakfast already prepared.  One of my favorite bloggers out there is Stephanie O'Dea who writes the Year of Slow Cooking Blog.  She has so many healthy, tasty and frugal recipes that all can be made in the crock pot. I highly suggest checking out her recipes when searching for something for your Christmas morning.  One of my favorites is the Crock pot French Toast Bake Recipe.  I have pasted a page from her blog here and all I can say is…

  Happy Holiday Cooking! J

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2008

CrockPot French Toast Bake Recipe


Day 216.

French toast! In the crockpot! While you sleep!

Life has just gotten even better.

Heather  emailed me a french toast recipe that she has made a few times in the crock pot successfully. She points out that since she lives in Las Vegas, turning on the oven in 100-degree-weather is just not going to happen. 

The Ingredients.

--1 whole loaf of bread (I made a gluten-free raisin bread)
--1 dozen eggs
--2 t vanilla
--4 cups of milk (1 used 3 cups of soy, and 1 cup of heavy cream)
--1/4 t salt
--2 t cinnamon
--1/4 cup brown sugar
--1/4 cup walnuts, or other desired nuts (optional. I did not use nuts this time.)

The Directions.

I used a 6 qt Smart-Pot Crock-Pot for this. I'd recommend a 5 or 6 qt for this dish. If you have a smaller crock pot, scale back a bit. Maybe only use 1/2 a loaf of bread.

Grease the inside of your crock pot very well with butter, shortening, or cooking spray. Slice your bread into large slices (if it's already sliced, just dump it in) and place the bread into the crock pot.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla together. Pour on top of the bread.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. This is done when the bread has soaked up all of the liquid and the egg has cooked (you can tell because you'll see bits of cooked egg stuck to the bread). The bread will expand---it's like one of those spongy foam things that come in the capsules and turn into a dinosaur.Very cool.

After 8 hours, I had a bit of liquid left in the crock pot, but the bread on top was browned nicely and the egg was done. I took the lid off and went hunting for the camera, and then checked email, and then watered the garden. 30 minutes had passed before I remembered that I had left the lid off of the crock pot, and that it was still plugged in. BUT! all the moisture was gone and the french toast was perfect.

so there you go. I'd give that a try.

The Verdict.

Very good! We ate this for dinner, but I will most definitely make it again for a nice family breakfast or brunch. 

Thanks so much, Heather!!

 

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