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Make ahead meals: Classic French Toast

March 3, 2014

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Hi friends! I’m alive! And still pregnant! Sorry for the radio silence over the last two weeks. Evan and I have been super busy baby nesting and it’s been so hard to do anything that isn’t related to this little bubs living inside me. But I’m happy to say that we’re done…at least until baby arrives. We really can’t think of anything else we can do in preparation for her arrival – except make tons and tons of freezer foods. Which brings me to this post. I’ve been a busy bee making everything from entrees to snacks to desserts and I’ll be sharing a few of my favorites with you in the next coming weeks. Most of these recipes are doubled (some even tripled) so consider these large crowd meals or size them accordingly to suit your needs. First up, classic french toast! French toast probably isn’t the first food you’d think of when it comes to make ahead meals, but, like pancakes and waffles, french toast freezes and reheats beautifully. And since breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, I’ve made sure to have plenty of tasty morning eats around for whenever the mood strikes. This classic recipe is simple and delicious– and the perfect canvas for creating your favorite version of french toast. I love mine with berries and gobs of maple syrup. 

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Classic French Toast

Makes about 12 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 thick slices challa or brioche (about 2 loaves – day old is best)
  • 12 large eggs
  • 3 cups buttermilk (whole milk or cream is fine as well)
  • 4 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • unsalted butter for frying bread (about 8 tablespoons)

DIRECTIONS
Whisk together eggs, cream, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl and set aside.

Place bread in a shallow baking dish large enough to hold bread slices in a single layer. Pour egg mixture over bread; soak 10 minutes. Turn slices over; soak until soaked through, about 10 minutes more. (Note: do this in batches if your dish will not fit all of the bread slices at once)

Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Fry the bread until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side. Add more butter as needed. (Note: skillet may need a wipe down  between batches; use a dry paper towel to quickly remove any  charred bits)

If freezing for later use, lay cooked toasts on wire rack to cool and transfer to a freezer safe container or ziplock, placing a small sheet of parchment paper in between the slices so that you can remove only what you want to eat at a time.

If eating right away, preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet in the oven and transfer toasts as you cook them. Keep in oven until ready to serve. Serve warm with pure maple syrup, if desired.

Reheating instructions: 

Defrost french toast and preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Lay toast on baking sheets in one single layer and cover sheet with foil. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, flipping half way. For a little crunch, remove foil for the last 3-5 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

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28 Comments leave one →
  1. March 3, 2014 2:11 pm

    Hi ! I’m french and I love that <3 Good luck for the baby. Wonderful's photos !

  2. March 3, 2014 2:11 pm

    I cannot wait to make this! I am such a breakfast person. I like my morning me time… so the make ahead is totally up my alley. Thank you! Eeeek! Happy nesting! We are loving the sharing as a result ;)

  3. March 3, 2014 2:18 pm

    Beautiful!! That looks wonderful and it is great you are all prepared for your darling baby to arrive. I have enjoyed watching the profile images along the way…..

  4. March 3, 2014 2:18 pm

    French toast with brioche is the best!

  5. March 3, 2014 2:23 pm

    I never thought of freezing French toast but it makes perfect sense. I love sweet things for breakfast (I’m a horrible sweet-tooth) so I often try to make muffins and other baked goodies so that I have a handy stash ready when I need them. Great tip and beautiful food styling Paola :) – P.S. best wishes for your pregnancy – Keep Smiling

  6. March 3, 2014 2:24 pm

    You were able to capture some beautiful photos of this french toast! Can’t wait to try your recipe.

  7. March 3, 2014 2:45 pm

    This looks delicious!! I love French Toast!

  8. March 3, 2014 3:04 pm

    Wow! This is beautiful! I absolutely love French Toast, and yours looks excellent!

  9. March 3, 2014 3:16 pm

    I just pinned this and I looove french toast. Great idea for making all those meals ahead of time. We plan on having another baby soon and most of my family lives out of state, so this will be perfect for us! Keep the recipes coming.

  10. March 3, 2014 3:44 pm

    Looks delicious!

  11. March 3, 2014 10:35 pm

    Reblogged this on popcorn and tea.

  12. March 4, 2014 2:02 pm

    Wow, I had no idea French toast held up so well when made ahead of time and frozen! What a great idea – thanks for the recipe!

  13. March 4, 2014 2:05 pm

    Love this easy recipe!

  14. March 4, 2014 3:05 pm

    I’m definitely going to be making this recipe over the weekend, I haven’t had french toast in ages.

    -Zaychishka (Russian & Ukrainian Fashion Blogger)

  15. March 4, 2014 3:18 pm

    looks really appetizing

  16. March 5, 2014 8:12 am

    Reblogged this on Pinterest: Pass or Fail.

  17. March 11, 2014 10:50 am

    Oh boy, that looks fantastic! I’ll have to make french toast this weekend!
    Caitlin

    Lifealamodeblog.wordpress.com

  18. March 11, 2014 4:31 pm

    What a great idea! I’m looking for freezer-friendly meals to stock up on post-delivery as well, and would’ve never guessed french toast could be one of them!

  19. March 12, 2014 2:51 pm

    Reblogged this on Back At The Holmestead and commented:
    With a full time job, I’m all about anything I can make ahead and freeze! It makes it so easy to walk in the door, turn on the oven, take out of the freezer, and pop in while I’m catching up the day with Elah and getting her fed. And this is a great make ahead breakfast for the oh-so-busy mornings!

  20. March 12, 2014 5:33 pm

    So delicious! –Greg from “Meals and Reels.”

  21. March 15, 2014 10:31 am

    Reblogged this on KP28 * Soul Food.

  22. March 17, 2014 10:04 am

    Waouh! It really, really seams delicious and i want it NOW!

  23. March 24, 2014 9:24 am

    That looks like great french toast. I’ll bet that would go nicely with bananas foster.

  24. April 7, 2014 2:54 am

    love this recipe

  25. May 17, 2014 3:43 am

    Hmmm it looks so good, want some !

  26. October 5, 2014 11:14 pm

    French toast is one of my favorite meals to make for my family on the weekends. I’m always looking for new ways to make it better. This looks delicious, thanks!

  27. October 15, 2014 7:41 pm

    Oh my goodness, your photos and recipes look absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to try them! Definitely following!

  28. October 16, 2014 3:00 am

    I want a slice!

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