To make overnight French toast, soak bread in milk batter, line a baking dish with sliced fruit, add the soaked bread, dust it with cinnamon sugar, and bake the French toast for 25 minutes. This recipe requires a bowl, a whisk, an oven-safe casserole dish and an oven.
Crack five eggs into a mixing bowl, whisk them with a fork, pour in 3/4 cup milk, and add 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract. Stir the mixture, add 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, and stir again. Slice a loaf of crusty Italian bread into eight thick slices, submerge them in the batter and soak them overnight.
On the following morning, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an oven-safe casserole dish with sliced fruit, such as bananas and strawberries. Cover the fruit with the soaked bread, and pour the remaining batter on top. Dust the top of the casserole with cinnamon sugar.
Bake the casserole uncovered for about 25 minutes or until the bread is light brown. Remove the dish from the oven, cool it on the stove for five minutes, and serve the French toast immediately.
This overnight French toast recipe works with many additional fruit combinations. For example, peeled, sliced apples tossed with cinnamon are a delicious choice for autumn and winter brunches.