Andie’s Mock French Toast

Extra rich bread pudding for mock French toast

Make this bread pudding up to two days in advance, chill at least overnight, then slice and cook on a griddle for French Toast, but without the mess. * See option using top grill in oven.

This is flavored with cinnamon, but one can vary the flavorings to suit your tastes. Dried fruits can be added to the mixture if desired, mixed in just before pouring into the loaf pan.

Extra Rich Bread Pudding
8 extra large eggs
3 cups milk  (Option:  substitute 1/4 cup sweet sherry for 1/4 cup of the milk)
1 cup cream (or half & half)
2/3 cup sugar (or Splenda/sugar baking mix to cut calories, it works just fine)
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
(Optional – 1/4 cup cream sherry)

2 Tablespoons melted butter for brushing the top after removing from oven. This keeps the top tender and easier to slice when cold.

4 to 5 cups rough bread cubes  (I prefer a bread like brioche or challah but any will work)
(Tear or cut day old bread into pieces about 1 to 1 1/2 inch cubes.)

Spray an extra-large loaf pan with oil (or Pam) or use two regular loaf pans.  You can also line the pans with parchment, which will make it ever easier to lift out.

Combine eggs, milk and cream, sugar, vanilla, salt and spices in a large bowl.
Beat until eggs are completely blended.

Add the bread cubes and press down into the egg mixture with a spatula.
Cover and set aside for about 20 to 30 minutes until the bread has soaked up most of the egg mixture.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pour the mixture into the loaf pan to within 1/2 inch of the top.

Set the loaf pan into a larger baking pan and place in the oven.
Pour boiling water into the pan to about 1 to 1 1/2 inches deep.

Bake for one hour.

Test by inserting a thin knife blade into the pudding near the center.
If it comes out wet continue baking for an additional 10 minutes. Test again until knife blade comes out clean.
(It will take longer to bake in humid weather.)

Remove from oven and immediately brush top with melted butter.

This should be chilled overnight then sliced and the slices fried or grilled, using butter, and served with maple or other syrup, honey or jams and jellies.

*Or, you can place the slices on a sheet pan, sprinkle with granulated maple sugar or Demerara or turbinado sugar and run under the grill just long enough to caramelize the sugar.

This tastes exactly like French toast but is much easier for those who are not skilled in the kitchen or need to cook for a crowd and regular French toast would take too much time and effort.

This makes a great Mother’s Day or birthday breakfast for husbands who seldom cook and even for older kids who want to do something nice for Mom without a lot of mess in the kitchen on the morning of that special day.

If you don’t have a top grill in your oven, after the slices are on the griddle or in the pan, sprinkle the uncooked top sides with granulated maple sugar, you can also use regular sugar.
Turn the sugared side carefully onto the griddle. The sugar will caramelize, forming a sweet crust which, when turned again is the presentation side.

Sprinkled with granulated maple sugar.

SOURCE FOR GRANULATED MAPLE SUGAR:  Welch’s Maple Sugar

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3 Responses to Andie’s Mock French Toast

  1. Joy Bozzelli says:

    Looks very interesting, but not sure how this is considered easier than regular french toast…..?

    • asenjigal says:

      For people who have never prepared French toast, and are daunted by the dipping. which can be quite MESSY and especially for children to do.
      I developed this many years ago for a man who was not familiar with cooking because his children wanted to make a special breakfast for their mom – either on Mother’s day or her birthday –
      He originally asked about pancakes but was really worried about the mess because his wife was exceptionally fussy about her kitchen.
      I discussed mixing the batter in my kitchen and putting it in a Tupperware pitcher so it could be refrigerated overnight but one of the kids wanted to do French toast.
      I made the bread pudding in two loaf pans and the evening before demonstrated how it was to be sliced and cooked on the griddle to both the man and his kids.

      On the following morning they turned out a nice breakfast for the mom and the cleanup was very easy. No spilled egg mixture or any other residual mess and because I had lined the loaf pans with parchment, even those were easy to clean.
      And for a crowd, it is fast and easy. The loaves can be sliced and placed on sheet pans or trays with parchment between the layers for quick transfer to a griddle, either stovetop or electric. I did this for groups of a hundred or more.

  2. Joyce Moul says:

    Anxious to try this. Thanks for posting. Our men’s group has church breakfasts and this might be very easy for them.

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