French Toast Bake 


1 loaf of French bread, preferably stale
6 large eggs
2 cups milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
Maple syrup, for serving
Fresh berries, for garnish (optional)

Directions :
1- Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish and set aside.
2- Cut the French bread into 1-inch thick slices and arrange them in the prepared baking dish.
3- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and salt until well combined.
4- Pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread slices, making sure all the bread is soaked. Press the bread down gently to ensure it absorbs the mixture.
5- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon. Cut in the cold cubed butter using a pastry cutter or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
6- Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the bread slices.
7- Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours to allow the bread to soak up the flavors.
8- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
9- Remove the plastic wrap and bake the French toast for 40-45 minutes, or until it is golden brown and set in the center.
10- Let the French toast bake cool for a few minutes before serving. Drizzle with maple syrup and garnish with fresh berries if desired.

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