Classic Overnight French Toast is simple and comforting in a stay-in-your-PJs-for-most-of-the-day kind of way. Plus it is the ultimate way to use leftover bread.
I am a total nerd about using leftovers and not wasting food. As in, I will get literally giddy with excitement when I use up leftovers mashed potatoes to make mashed potato waffles (yes that’s a thing and its good!) Or when I successfully use up all the produce the fridge to make awesomely nutritious and cohesive dinners all week! There is not greater feeling of satisfaction for me.
It’s like my own little version of Chopped every day, using my fridge ingredients and pantry. Although in my nightly version of chopped it’s just me vs the judges. The hubs and baby decide if I win or lose.
I think I just love the feeling of re-using, avoiding waste and transforming. Especially when I try to keep my grocery trips to 1 per week (sometimes 2 if I forget something). This way I save a lot more money, buy less unnecessary things and use up everything I have on a weekly basis thus wasting less food.
Today my Chopped ingredient is OLD STALE BREAD. Dun dun dunnnnn! Leftover bread is the best! Why? French toast all the way! Classic Overnight French toast to be exact.
This is a classic breakfast that takes about 5 minutes to prep before going to bed the night before. Then you wake up, let it rest on the counter while you make coffee and shower, throw it in the oven while you enjoy your first cup of coffee, and eat it with family and your second cup of coffee. This is the kind of lazy Sunday morning recipe I live for!
Perfect for when guests stay over or for brunch or for giving to friends that just had a baby. Truly multipurpose. Traditionally I make it with leftover stale French bread, but old baguette or challah bread is incredible too!
Eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and bread. That is all that’s needed to create the most soft and custardy inside and caramelized sugary topping. Add a light drizzle of maple syrup and oh my gawd! Watch me NOT get out of my PJs all day long.
Simple comfort food at its finest with the added benefit of using leftover bread. #momwin #foodnerd #toddlerlovesittoo!
Slightly adapted from Taste of Home.