I promise you, this french toast bake is so easy you can make it with two kids crawling all over you.
When we hosted our family for Easter, we overbought food. Way overbought. Not sure if you’ve bought them at Costco, but they have fresh baked small rolls in the bakery department. They’re a bit taller than the Hawaiian rolls, but just around the same size overall. We had about 500 extra. Ha ha, just kidding. But enough to fill up 3 gallon freezer bags. One of my favorite breakfasts for large crowds was a French Toast bake my BFF made for my bridal shower. I STILL have people talking about that – almost 6 years later. Her recipe involves prep work the night before, and a sweet maple butter nutty topping. My kids won’t eat that. Maybe the butter. And the maple. Ok actually, maybe Aubrey would eat all of it. But I wasn’t about to prepare it all.
So, I improvised her recipe. It took about 10 minutes to put it together, 45 to cook, and we all enjoyed it! Here it is:
12-15 Costco dinner rolls, sliced in half (tops & bottoms)
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tbsp butter
1 cup powder sugar (for topping)
1-2 tbsp milk (for topping)
2 drops vanilla extract (for topping)
Preheat oven to 350* and beat together milk, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and nutmeg. In 8×8 pan, add rolls in 2 layers. Try to overlap the top layer over the bottom layer. Pour beaten mixture over top and let sit for 10 minutes.
Bake in oven, uncovered, for 45 minutes (start checking around 35 minutes). Top breads should be brown and if poked, all mixture is absorbed and solid (not too much though). Remove from oven and place thin slices of butter over all the top crispy bread layer.
For topping, whisk remaining milk, powder sugar, and vanilla extract. Topping should coat back of a spoon and not be too runny. Add additional milk (if too thick) or sugar (if too liquidy).
Before serving, drizzle topping over and serve with fresh berries if you have it!
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