Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday Mornings

... are all about lazy hanging around the house in the winter. I love to hang on the couch with coffee and cozy food for breakfast. I do not love the work that can go into my favorite foods though. Sometimes I'm too lazy to make pancakes. I'm always too lazy to make sticky buns. There will be no kneading of dough or chopping of nuts on Sunday mornings. There can still be crazy good indulgent breakfast food though, with a tad bit of foresight. I threw this casserole dish into the fridge last night, already salivating over the idea of curling up on the couch with a hunk of it. I pulled it out of the fridge while I made coffee, ate a banana to calm to kicking belly beast while it baked, and was in heaven by 8:30 AM. Yeah, there's no Sunday sleeping in anymore since the bean wakes up at 6:30 and he's still in utero. E and I are in for it.

Pear and Gouda Baked French Toast

1 small loaf of French of Italian bread, preferably a few days old, cubed
6 eggs
1 1/2 c. vanilla soy milk
1 c. low fat milk
2 Tbls. sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
2-3 ripe pears, cubed
1 c. shredded Gouda, divided
2 Tbls butter, cubed and syrup for serving

Toss bread and pear cubes to combine and spread evenly in a buttered 9x9 inch baking dish. Whisk eggs, milk, sugar, salt, cinnamon and 1/2 c. Gouda. Pour over bread and cover with foil. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.

Remove dish from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dot with butter and bake covered for 50-60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Discard foil, sprinkle with remaining shredded Gouda and return to the oven until cheese melts, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven to rest for a few minutes before serving drizzled with warm maple syrup.

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Pierce said...

Really?! You are going to put a photo up like that will seriously have drool dripping onto my keyboard - wow, that looks GOOD!

My bean did something similar...he got his schedule going in utero. Here's a tip for you to share, when your belly is huge and you can see the kicks, snuggle up to your man and he can feel that kicking 6:30 a.m. !

Mo 'Betta said...

umm, I'm thinkin' your french toast casserole was way better than my french toast casserole ;) Sounds and looks delish!

Jan said...

Oh my gosh... this looks sooooo good! Can't wait to try it!
:) Jan

aquariann said...

That looks divine. *stare*

Btw, I am stopping by from Seasonal Saturday and hope you'll join my Winter Blog Hop!

Wendy said...

I love your french toast sounds wonderful! I'm checking out your site from the giveaway blogs foodie group. WOuld love to have you stop by and even join my Thursday Carnival.

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Amanda said...

Ok, I think I have to try this. Does the recipe require soy milk or would regular milk work as well?


Joanna said...

Any milk is fine, but if you use plain, add a tsp. of vanilla extract to the egg mixture!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful sounding recipe you've created. I am much better at replicating than creating, so I'm in awe of the flavor combo here. I'll definitely bookmark this to try.

Simply Domestic said...

Wow! This looks amazing!