This is a recipe to WOW them all! Make ahead and marinate in the fridge overnight. Pull it out in the morning and bake! A very rich and unique dish! Caramelizes on the bottom, so no need to top with syrup! It's that easy. Time doesn't include fridge time. Enjoy!
- Melt butter, brown sugar and Karo over medium heat in a small saucepan. Stir until smooth.
- Pour mixture in a 13x9 casserole dish. Place bread on top, squeezing it in if you need.
- Whisk eggs, half and half, vanilla, Grand Marnier and salt in a large bowl until combined. Pour mix evenly over bread.
- Chill in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning: LET CASSEROLE COME TO ROOM TEMPERATURE! Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Bake uncovered 35-45 minutes. Edges will be puffed and golden.
This was really good, much better than I would have ever guessed that a make a head recipe for french toast could be and it even warmed up well in the microwave amazingly. I sprayed the pan with canola oil spray and followed the recipe. I think next time I might either lightly butter the tops of the bread or perhaps use a different flavor bread like raisin or cranberry walnut. I plan on making this for Christmas morning rather than my usual cinnamon rolls because this will be much easier.
I made this in a bread pudding type casserole. I cut the bread in large slices then cut again. I also doubled up on the bottom mixture, so 1 cup of butter and 2 cups of brown sugar. I also substituted with Muscavato Brown Sugar and Vanilla Bean Powder and Vanilla Bean Paste. This was amazing.
I adjusted the recipe slightly; using Challah bread in place of french bread and 2 t. of vanilla due to lack of Grand Marnier in the house, and the recipe was stil very well received. Easter brunch guests loved it! So easy. Thank you.