21 Jun 2024
Recipe of the Week: Christmas – Baked French Toast (Canada)
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Recipe of the Week: Christmas – Baked French Toast (Canada)

We make this every Christmas. It’s great because you assemble everything the night before and bake it Christmas morning while the children are busy opening presents.



Butter, to grease the pan

1 whole loaf crusty bread (a baguette would be great too)

8 eggs

475ml full fat milk

120ml heavy cream

125g white sugar

100g brown sugar

2 tablespoons vanilla extract


65g flour

100g brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

Freshly grated nutmeg, optional

115g cold butter, diced


Icing sugar

Warm maple syrup


Fresh blueberries

  1. Grease a baking pan with butter, then tear up the bread into chunks and evenly distribute in the pan.
  2. Crack the eggs in a big bowl. Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, both sugars and vanilla. Pour evenly over the bread. Cover the pan tightly and store in the fridge until needed (overnight preferably).
  3. When you’re ready to bake the casserole, preheat the oven to 175C / 350 degrees F. Stir the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and some nutmeg in a bowl with a fork. Using your fingers, add the butter and mix it all together until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Sprinkle the topping over the top. Bake for 45 minutes for a softer, more bread pudding texture or for 1 hour-plus or more for a firmer, crisper texture.
  4. Scoop out individual portions. Serve with the topping(s) of your choice!


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Recipe: Carrie Allard-Levinson

Photo Credit: snowpea&bakchoi

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