The week before Christmas and lots of holiday guests! This week we had get togethers with friends we had not seen in a long time...and we had a wonderful visit.
First up was brunch with retired teacher friends and their spouses. We like to get together every few months, but due to that darn Covid it has been over a year since we gathered.
I love to have guests for brunch...everyone likes brunch food and it is easy to prepare ahead of time.
French Toast Casserole Serves 6 to 8
1 loaf of French or Italian bread
8 large eggs
3 cups milk ( I use milk and that sugar free sweet Italian creamer)
4 teaspoons of sugar ( when I use the creamer I do not use sugar)
3/4 teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons butter, cut in small pieces
Grease a 13x9 pan. Cut bread into 1 inch thick pieces and arrange in one layer on bottom of pan. I cut as many as I can and try to squeeze them in without squeezing too much. Beat eggs with remaining ingredients except butter and cinnamon. Pour over bread in pan. Dot the top of each piece with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon. Cover with foil and refrigerate 4 - 36 hours. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, until puffy and light brown. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Top with hot maple syrup and serve with bacon or sausage.
This is great for guests as you can make it way ahead of time!
The next day we had friends we had not seen for several years come for lunch. I used the same dishes, but changed up the tablecloth to placemats and used different ornaments. I planned to use the rest of the fruit salad I served the day before, and made baked Monte Cristo sandwiches. They were great...I will post the recipe the next time I make them and remember (???) to take some photos.