Baked French Toast

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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.

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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!