The best way to do brunch is when it feels indulgent and leisurely, both to the cook and to the guests. I’m always a fan of make ahead recipes; it makes me feel much more relaxed to know all I have to do is set the table and shove something in the oven before a guest arrives.
My dad came to visit me this weekend, and as he was arriving on Saturday morning, I thought brunch would be the perfect option. As he lives in New York, I don’t get to see my dad very often so I decided the occasion warranted the decadence of a Pioneer Woman recipe, and I thought her baked french toast sounded perfect (although I did feel a little faint over the 8 – yes 8! – eggs, and cupfuls of cream and whole milk). The recipe was extremely easy to make and absolutely delicious. I threw it together on Friday night, which was perfect as it’s best when it sits overnight.
The baked french toast is delicious served with maple syrup and fresh blueberries. If you’re going all out, add some slices of bacon and freshly squeezed orange juice for a truly fabulous feast. I really can’t recommend this recipe enough for brunch with friends or family. It provides a delicious meal, but still allows you time for that coveted weekend lie-in. Perfect!