I love any recipe where you can simply throw everything into one bowl and you’re good to go. I found this French Toast recipe on One Kings Lane and gave it a go a few months back. It was a huge hit so I figured I would give it another try for a quick, easy, and tasty brunch.

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MAKE-AHEAD SPICED FRENCH TOAST

Serves 4-6

Note: You do not have to make this ahead of time. The entire dish can be assembled and baked at once for crisper results.

Ingredients:

1 loaf of sourdough bread (lightly toasted or day-old bread works best)

2 eggs

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2 cups whole milk

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon crushed cardamom

pinch of salt

1 cup chopped fresh fruit (optional)

1/2 cup nuts, toasted and chopped (optional)

maple syrup, warmed, for serving

Directions:

1. Slice bread and arrange in a lightly greased baking dish, with pieces slightly overlapping.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, melted butter, milk, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt, until sugar is dissolved.

3. If you’re using fruit, scatter it over the bread slices. Pour the custard mixture over the bread and fruit, coating each slice, and refrigerate, covered, overnight.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If using nuts, scatter them over the top of the French toast. Bake for 50 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature with maple syrup.

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