One of the drawbacks of homemade bread is that it doesn’t stay fresh very long. It’s good in that it means no preservatives, but to our culture, where we’re used to eating fresh-tasting “old” food because of preservatives, it’s a drawback of homemade bread. How to solve the issue? Well, you can cut your loaf of bread in half and only thaw out half at the time, or by slice as you need it. Or you can find ways to use your older bread in great-tasting recipes! A few ideas are homemade croutons, homemade stuffing mix, breakfast casserole, bread crumbs, bread pudding or overnight French toast! Delicious, easy to make, and a great way to use older-but-still-good bread.

This French toast recipe is easy to make, simple ingredients, and very good! An added bonus is that you make it the night before and just pop it into the oven to bake while you get ready for the day! Great for company too!

Overnight French Toast

2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup butter/margarine
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 tsp maple flavour (optional)
3/4 tsp vanilla
5 eggs
1 1/2 – 2 cups milk
Bread, about 7 slices

Melt butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in pot (or microwave). Spread on bottom of greased 8″x8″ pan. Place 2 layers of bread in bread (whole slices or cut into small pieces). Beat eggs, milk, vanilla and maple flavour. Pour over bread and press down to saturate bread. Add milk if needed, so that the bread is very soggy (and more) since it will absorb a lot while soaking overnight. I used 1.5 cups of milk, but that amount will vary depending how thick your bread slices are. 🙂 Cover, and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, bake uncovered at 350 for 45-50 minutes.

Variation: I think these would also be amazing with sliced apples at the bottom of the pan!

Posted at Cast Party Wednesday and Frugal Food Series!