Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Brunch Recipe: Baked French Toast

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This year, Easter Sunday falls on April 20th. A beloved family tradition for many is to enjoy a delicious brunch meal together.
Enjoy brunch with us!
Easter Event IconOne of our favorite traditions at Gardner Village is being able to serve you and your families Easter brunch. The Gathering Place, on the north end of the Village, will be serving brunch on Easter Sunday from 9am to 2pm.

Enjoy made-to-order omelets and crepes, as well other breakfast and lunch items such as fresh salads and your favorite carved meats. Make sure to save room for the chocolate fountain with Belgian milk chocolate and a full array of dippers.

Reservations will not be accepted, and are on a first-come, first-served seating. Adults are $21.95 and kids 3-11 are $12.95.

For those of you serving brunch at home, Shauna at The Gathering Place has shared the recipe for their popular Baked French Toast, which can be made ahead of time the night before, leaving more time for celebrating with family.

Baked French Toast
1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
Delicious Baked French Toast
8 large eggs
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash salt
Crumble Topping, recipe follows
Maple syrup

Crumble Topping:
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices.

Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread Crumble Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with warm maple syrup.

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