Like many of the recipes in Joanna Gaines Magnolia Table Cookbook, this Overnight French Toast is simple, easy, and uses minimal ingredients. And as the title elicits you are left with nothing to do in the morning but turn on the oven and let it bake!
Jo says you can serve the dish with powdered sugar and maple syrup to top, but I have to say, it is pretty sickeningly sweet before any of that. We enjoyed it without but you do you. If you like it super sweet go ahead and throw it on there!
The only edit that I would really make on this one is that I think that it needs to be baked covered for the first half. By the time that the called for baking time was up, I had really hard crispy bread on top and a custard base on the bottom that wasn't all the way cooked. So it needed a little more time to get the eggs set which made the bread even harder. If you start with the dish covered with tin foil, the custard will steam a little bit, set faster and the bread won't get completely rock hard. IF, and that is a big IF, I make this again this is what I will do. It's not bad, and it is an easy brunch dish, but it is just really sweet and didn't turn out quite as expected.
It was so sweet that we didn't end up eating very much of it and I had to make a starkly contrasted savory breakfast to fill everyone up. Kind of defeating the purpose of making something ahead of time so you can spend less time in the kitchen in the morning when you have guests. I have read some mixed reviews on this one, some loved it some not so much. I would love to know what you thought of this one if you have made it. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think.
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I made this and it was very, very sweet. Like . . . cloyingly sweet. It was delicious, and we just tamped back how much we ate! Next time I make it, I will really cut back on the amount of brown sugar in the topping. Otherwise, it was a great make-ahead breakfast recipe!
Agree, it is VERY sweet! I recall not even using maple syrup on it personally.