Tuesday, August 23, 2011

French Toast Bread Pudding

I try to make something special for breakfast every year on the first day of school. This year it was sausage cheese balls and French Toast Bread Pudding. Both recipes are easy to put together the night before.  It's nice to have everything ready to go for the first day of school so I can spend my morning taking pictures. :)

Yes, I know this isn't exactly the healthiest breakfast out there, but it sure is delicious for a special occasion!

Famous French Bread Pudding
1 loaf white or wheat bread
1 quart half & half
6 large eggs
2 large egg whites
2 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 stick butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cups chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Grease a glass pan.  Break bread into small bite-sized pieces and place into pan.  Beat eggs and egg whites in a large bowl.  Add half & half, sugar and cinnamon; mix well.  Pour over bread.  Top with powdered sugar and additional cinnamon.  Slice butter and place on top.  Sprinkle chopped pecans over all.  Cover pan with foil and bake for 40 minutes; uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.  If you want to make it even more decadent, serve with whipped cream and caramel sauce on top!

You can also put everything together the night before, cover with foil and keep it refrigerated over night.  Then bake as directed.

Do you make a special breakfast for the first day of school?