We are just a few hours away from weekend in Dubai … I’ve been looking forward to this one, as it’s the Dubai Bake Festival tomorrow .. woohoo! Weekend always means getting to spoil yourselves a bit more by baking up a divine weekend treat such as this one .. baked French Toast! Can easily be prepared a night in advance, so all you really have to do tomorrow morning is to pop them in the oven and get a few more mins to relax! The key to this recipe is the type of bread you use. The first time I baked this, I used normal sliced bread and did it exactly the way the recipe mentions. Tasted good. But the second time around, I baked it using much thicker bread (Bread roll to be precise), and just added roughly chopped pieces of it in individual ramekins. Tasted even better! My advice to you would be, if you’re baking it for the first time, then make it in a bigger dish as it gives you a better idea of how much of the ingredients to use for a smaller portion. Either way, wait until you taste the divine caramel sauce right at the base … Mmm mmm!
Unsalted butter (melted): 1/2 cup
Brown sugar: 1 cup + more to sprinkle
Thick bread: 1 Loaf or as required
Milk: 1 and 1/2 cup
Vanilla Essence: 1 tsp
Icing Sugar: 1 tbsp + more to sprinkle
Cinnamon Powder: to sprinkle
Melt the unsalted butter, and mix with the brown sugar. Spread this mixture at the bottom of a 9 x 13 oven-proof pan.
In a bowl, beat together the eggs, milk and vanilla. Add 1 tbsp of icing sugar to it and mix.
Add a layer of bread slices to the pan. Pour half of the egg mixture on top. Sprinkle some brown sugar and cinnamon powder on top of this layer.
Add the second layer of bread slices. Pour the remaining egg mixture on top.
Cover your baking dish with cling film and refrigerate overnight.
Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius and bake the french toast for at least 45 minutes. Keep the dish covered with foil for the first 30 minutes. Remove the foil for the remaining 10 minutes or until completely baked.
Note: it does fluff up quite a bit towards the last 10 mins of baking, but don’t worry, it will level up again as it cools down.