From the November 2000 Gourmet.
If you are up for making your own brioche, I find this turns out especially well when made with brioche. Challah is a great choice as well.
That said: my mom uses “Toasting White” (Pepperidge Farm, I believe). My aunt uses a dense bakery-style loaf of Italian bread.
- 1 (13- to 14-inch-long) loaf bread, see notes above
- 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 1 2/3 cups whole milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- maple syrup, berries, and powdered sugar, for serving, if desired
- Cut about six to eight — enough to fit your pan — one-inch-thick slices of bread.
- Generously butter one side of each slice and arrange slices, buttered sides up, in one layer in a buttered 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking dish, squeezing them slightly to fit if necessary.
- Whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla and salt until combined well, then pour evenly over bread. Chill, covered, until bread has absorbed all of custard, at least one hour and up to one day, depending on bread.
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Bring mixture to room temperature and sprinkle bread with sugar.
- Bake, uncovered, in middle of oven until bread is puffed and top is golden, 20 to 25 minutes, or longer — make sure it’s nice and golden on top or it will be soggy in the middle. Serve immediately with fruit and syrup and powdered sugar if desired.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: overnight, French, toast, breakfast, brunch