02.17.15

BAKED FRENCH TOAST!

This baked french toast recipe may just convert you from the traditional grilled french toast method. Honey is mixed with eggs, yolks, milk, lemon zest, and spices to create the most flavorful custard base. Fresh sweet challah bread is then used to soak up the mixture and it’s all tossed with fresh raspberries and almond slices before being baked in the oven, creating a french toast that is wonderfully crisp on the outside while staying gooey, soft, and sweet on the inside. Plus, everyone’s servings are ready at the same time and it’s an awesome make-ahead dish, too. You can easily let the challah & custard base sit in the refrigerated casserole pan overnight and then pop it in the oven in the morning!  – Eva

Baked Raspberry Almond French Toast
by Eva Kosmas Flores of Adventures in Cooking

Ingredients:

• 5 eggs
• 3 egg yolks
• 2 cups milk
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1 loaf challah bread, cut into 3/4-inch thick slices
• 1 pint raspberries
• 1/3 cup sliced almonds
• maple syrup, butter, and powdered sugar, for serving

• In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, yolks, milk, honey, vanilla, lemon zest, cinnamon, and nutmeg until smooth. Place several slices of the challah bread in the bowl and allow to soak for 5 minutes. Arrange the slices in a large greased casserole pan, and repeat this process until all of the slices have been soaked. Pour the remaining mixture into the pan. Place the raspberries and almonds between and on top of the challah slices in the pan. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to allow the bread to soak up more of the mixture.

• Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the tops of the slices are slightly crisp when poked and more golden at the top. Remove from the oven and serve alongside maple syrup, butter, and powdered sugar.

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recipe + photos by Eva Kosmas Flores of Adventures in Cooking for designlovefest– want more food posts? go here!

15 COMMENTS

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    Mmmm delicious photos… the tsoureki looks so fluffy too!

    rae says:

    oh my this looks absolutely amazing and what beautiful photography as well!

    Rae | love from berlin

    Chelsea says:

    Yeah- I’m so trying this today! I love baked French toast but this one just looks amazing! Also I am so impressed with these photos- I really need some food photography tips- mine always turn out a little…yucks. Anyway, thanks for the recipe!

    http://www.hollandsreverie.blogspot.com

    Elle says:

    Yum, this looks amazing!

    Kathryn says:

    Well this looks like just about the best thing ever! I never would have thought about baking French Toast, but I bet that it brings out the flavors in a really nice way. These photographs are beautiful and so rustic looking!

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

    Sjoukje says:

    I can’t get over how absolutely perfect all your pictures are!

    Tyler Anne says:

    This makes my blueberry oatmeal look sad! Need to find an occasion for this! Looks AMAZING!

    maggie says:

    I have never tried baked french toast…I think you just made a believer out of me with those photos, though.

    maggie
    http://www.unboundprocess.com

    Veronica says:

    That looks so delicious. I love the addition of raspberries and almonds, it’s very unexpected.

    (P.S The photos are fantastic)

    Jackie Lamas says:

    I love Eva’s work!!! This looks absolutely delicious!

    Brittany says:

    tried this this morning – delicious flavor! used half teaspoon almond extract and 1 teaspoon vanilla. would make it again, but would probably grill and not bake. this was my first time making baked french toast – the texture is different, and I prefer the crispy outside of traditional french toast

    This looks absolutely delicious! I am a huge french toast fan and I NEED to try this. Thank you for sharing.

    Jess X

    http://chasinglifeandme.blogspot.co.uk/

    meg says:

    never thought to make this with challah bread, it’s probably so amazing!!

    http://www.waterlilyshop.com
    @waterlilyshop

    Laura says:

    This recipe looks fabulous, but where is the Pin it logo so that I can easily stick it in my Pinterest account?

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