By Chef Alli
1 cup unsalted butter
½ cup packed dark brown sugar
1 loaf Italian bread, cut into nine fat slices
5 large eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Pure maple syrup, warmed
Powdered sugar, for garnishing
This recipe is quite basic, but it makes the most wonderful French toast bake you will ever put in your mouth. If you’ve ever tried to make French toast for a group of people using a griddle, you already know it’s a chore that’s difficult to keep up with. Bring French toast back to your brunch and breakfast gatherings by using your baking sheets and this recipe — you will love it.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place butter and brown sugar into a 10” x 15” baking sheet with rimmed edges, then place baking sheet into the oven for five to 10 minutes or until butter is melted; use a whisk to combine melted butter with brown sugar evenly across the bottom of the baking sheet.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine eggs with milk, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg; dip bread slices into egg mixture and place onto prepared brown sugar mixture.
Bake uncovered on center rack of oven for 15 minutes. Turn slices over and bake an additional 15 minutes, or until bread is slightly crisped on the edges. To serve, drizzle French toast slices with warm maple syrup and sprinkle with