It’s brunch time! Growing up, Sunday was always a huge brunch spread at my house. Bagels, lox, cream cheese, eggs and onions, hashbrowns, bacon, sausage, and the always infamous deli tray. I was in Ann Arbor yesterday stocking up at Zingerman’s and noticed THE loaf of bread. That’s right, chocolate studded challah! Oh it was so on.
I could handle this a few ways. A panini with Nutella and bananas, right out of the bag with some sweet cream butter, or baked french toast. I’m going with the french toast.
According to my daughter Dylan, this was double yummy!
Baked French Toast
1 loaf, sliced thick, of the chocolate studded challah from Zingerman’s. (and they do ship bread so check them out online)
6 large eggs
About 2 cups of milk (the fuller the fat, the creamier it will be)
2 heaping TBSPN of mascarpone cheese
1 TSPN vanilla extract
1/2 TSPN maple extract
1/2 TSPN almond extract
3 TBSPN granulated sugar
Pinch of cloves
1 TSPN of nutmeg
Cinnamon to taste (I used at least 1 large TBSPN)
Butter for greasing the bottom of casserole dish
Heavily butter a 13 x 9 casserole dish and lay the slices of challah in the pan. In a large measuring cup, beat the eggs. Then add the milk, mascarpone, all the extracts, the sugar, and the spices. When everything is well mixed together, pour the custard mixture over the bread and push down the bread until it’s all covered. It’s ok if the bread is not fully submerged. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Now it’s time to make the topping (what, there’s more? OH YEAH!!)
Take about 4 TBSPN of cold butter (broken into chunks), about 1/4 cup of brown sugar (eh, like two handfuls of it) and 1/4 cup of Cascadian Farms Chocolate Almond Granola and mix together. You want it to be crumbly. Scatter over the top of the french toast (hopefully it’s clear that you were to remove the plastic wrap at this point, lol) and bake in the oven for about 40-45 minutes. Serve with maple syrup (and a side of corned beef hash and bacon because that’s what I made to go with it…..and for the love of god, don’t make the dog food in a can hash, MAKE IT FROM SCRATCH AND GET YOUR CORNED BEEF FROM A JEWISH DELI!!!!)