1French or Italian loaf, cut into 1" thick slicesStale, dried-out bread works best
1tablespoonlight brown sugar
1ouncebourbonUse 2oz for a boozier French toast
1teaspooncinnamon or Chinese 5-spice
fresh fruit (such as plums or berries), optional
maple syrup or honey, optional
Prepare the French Toast:
If bread is soft and fresh, place on a single layer on two baking sheets, and bake at 350°F for 5 minutes. If bread is stale, skip this step.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggnog, milk, eggs, brown sugar, bourbon, and cinnamon.Dip each slice of bread in the custard, and then layer bread in a large casserole dish. (A 9"x13" dish or a 10"x10" dish work well.)Pour remaining custard over the bread and place the casserole dish in the refrigerator.Soak the bread at least one hour, or overnight.
Bake the French Toast:
Preheat oven to 350º F.Dot the French toast with cubed butter.Cover the French toast with aluminum foil, and bake covered for 25 minutes. Remove the foil, and bake an additional 20-25 minutes, until the bread is golden. (Total baking time 45-50 minutes.)
Serve warm. Top with fresh fruit and maple syrup (or honey) if desired.Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days in the fridge.
Nutrition information does not include optional fruit or syrup.