Last week I was planning out my Easter brunch menu and remembered that I have a crock pot cookbook that talks about making all sorts of things in the crock pot. Things like desserts even and dressings. So, I decided to try and adapt a french toast casserole recipe to work in the crock pot and the result was so easy and made the house smell so good and tasted so yummy… we officially declare it a winner!
Crock Pot French Toast
1 loaf of french bread
3 cups of milk
1 TB vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup of sugar mixed with 1 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup crushed pecans and/or oatmeal for topping – optional
1. Slice the bread into inch thick slices.
2. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla and salt.
3. Grease the entire inside of your crock pot well with Crisco. Sprinkle a tablespoon or two of the cinnamon sugar mix and half the brown sugar into the bottom. Put half the bread slices on top of the sugar. Pour half the egg mixture over the bread. Repeat the entire layer – cinnamon sugar, brown sugar, bread & the rest of the egg mixture. Smush the bread down a bit to make sure it’s soaking up the liquid. Sprinkle a little more cinnamon & sugar on top. Add your toppings if you want them.
4. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. If there is still liquid in the crock pot, uncover and cook for another 30 minutes or until all liquid is soaked up.
Note on the greasing: sugar turns into a sticky mess when it heats up, do NOT skimp on the Crisco. I used butter instead and wasn’t very liberal with it… I had to soak & scrape a mess out of that crock pot. So please, slather that Crisco on!
If you like this recipe, you should check out Version II. Easier clean up and my family likes this one better:
Crock Pot French Toast II.
I love this idea of having breakfast ready when you wake up and it doesn’t heat up the whole kitchen so you can do it any time of year. Yum!