Football season is here! This means a few things:
- I am busy every Sunday until some time in January (or February!)
- I will host at least 10-20 people in my home during that 5 month span.
- They will undoubtedly be hungry.
One of my duties is to feed these people. What can I possibly make that’s easy and can be done ahead of time, tasty, and requires minimal clean up? That’s where this Godsend of a recipe comes in! It can be prepped the night before and all you have to do is pop it in the oven for about 45 minutes (and you look like the most gracious host ever)!
French Toast Casserole
This french toast recipe is a nice twist on the classic version. It gets a nice golden brown and crispy top, has a soft and supple center, and the toasted nuts/ coconut add the perfect touch. The recipe can hold it’s own without anything on top but warm maple syrup ups the decadence level!
Coconut French Toast Casserole
Yield 9 servings
A crowd pleaser for sure! French toast casserole topped with a delicious cinnamon streusel to add a little crunch. Bonus: it can be prepared ahead of time.
1 Loaf of Sourdough Bread, French Bread, or Texas Toast cut into 2 inch cubes
2 Cups of Milk (I used 2%)
1/2 cup of Half and Half
1/2 cup Sugar*
1/2 cup Brown Sugar*
2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Flour
1/2 cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Salt
½ cup of shredded coconut
¼ cup of pecan pieces
1 stick Cold Butter, Cut Into Pieces
Warm Syrup, For Serving
Butter, For Serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare your baking dish: You will need a 9x 9 baking pan. Spray the bottom and sides with a non-stick cooking spray or rub with butter. Add the chopped bread to the pan.
Prepare your custard: Combine the eggs, milk, half and half, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl. Make sure to whip till eggs are completely incorporated.
Pour the mixture over the bread in the baking dish. Make sure each piece is coated. Let sit for at least 10 mins so the bead can soak up all that goodness!
Prepare Crumb Topping: use your hands to combine the butter, flour, brown sugar, pecans pieces, salt, and shredded coconut.
Right before baking, sprinkle the crumb topping over the drenched bread pieces. If preparing the night before, reserve crumble and add before baking.
Bake for 45 minutes. Top will be crunchy and golden!
* If you find a loaf of specialty bread, use half of the sugar recommended
** Don't add the crumb topping till ready to bake.
Try it with a glass of Iced Coffee sweetened with my Homemade Honey Cinnamon Coffee Creamer!