Spend less time cooking and more time celebrating this holiday season with this Overnight Gingerbread French Toast recipe.
This post is sponsored by Egg Farmers of Canada. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
Fresh-from-the-oven French toast is what brunch is all about. Instead of being shackled to the stove, crisping up one slice at a time, bake this Overnight Gingerbread French Toast to serve a crowd! Molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, and spice give crusty bread a festive gingerbread flavor while it bakes into a custardy, warm, and gooey dish for sharing. Fresh cranberries create pockets of jammy, tart surprises with each bite. Cinnamon and oat streusel and the toasted tops of the bread create textural contrast from the pudding-like center.
Serve with a shower of powdered sugar and cinnamon-sprinkled whipped cream.
We partnered with Egg Farmers of Canada to create this simple and easy-to-recreate recipe that gives Canadians the gift of time to spend with their loved ones. Instead of flipping individual slices of French toast, this all-in-one baked breakfast frees up your time in order to make meaningful contributions in their community. Half the work happens while you are sleeping and the hands-off baking portion allows us to engage with our friends and neighbours.
Egg Farmers of Canada encourages Canadians to inspire others to give back by sharing their simple and delicious #RecipesThatGive on social media and donating, funds to time, to their local food bank. What time-saving recipes will you be baking up this holiday season?
For us, the holidays are rooted in family and friends. It’s the act of coming together and feasting on something warm and festive that reminds of what the holidays are truly about. It’s about being thankful for the food that we have to nourish our bodies and spending our free time supporting our neighbours.
Giving back to the community is part of what Canadian egg farmers believe in. They have been supporters of Food Banks of Canada for over two decades and donate more than 1.4 millions fresh, nutritious eggs to their local food banks ever year to help alleviate hunger from coast to coast. We support all that they do to help nourish our country.
Overnight Gingerbread French Toast
serves 6 to 8
1 loaf crunchy French bread
1 cup whole milk
6 large eggs
¼ cup molasses
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon cardamom
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup fresh or frozen cranberries
Streusel topping (recipe to follow)
powdered sugar and/or whipped cream for serving.
Butter a 9 X 13-inch (or similar) baking dish and set aside. Slice the bread into ½-inch slices.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, molasses, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg, and salt. Dip the slices of bread in the egg mixture and coat both sides. Arrange the dipped bread in the baking dish. Pour any remaining egg liquid over the top of the bread. Sprinkle with cranberries, tucking some between the slices of bread.
Wrap the French toast in foil and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
When ready to bake, pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Remove the foil and sprinkle on the streusel. Replace the foil and bake for 15 minutes. Carefully remove the baking pan and take off the foil. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until the top of the bread is crisp and cranberries begin to burst.
Allow to slightly cool. Serve with powdered sugar or whipped cream.
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup unsalted butter, diced
2 tablespoons rolled oats
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
Add all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir. Cut the pieces of butter into the dry ingredients by smearing the bits of butter between your fingertips. Streusel pieces should range in size from that of a walnut to a pea.
Use room temperature eggs and milk or the melted butter may solidify if it gets too cold.