Husband and I recently we given a couple nice loaves of leftover bread. It was more then we would eat before it would go bad. I remembered a great recipe my sister gave me a couple years ago for a French toast casserole. Since French toast was invented as a way to use stale, leftover bread, this recipe was perfect. This recipe is fantastic, too, for pot lucks and big family brunches.
French Toast Casserole
8oz (1/2 large loaf) French bread
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
cinnamon, sugar, butter
Cubed bread and put into a greased 9x9 pan
Mix eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar and salt, pour over the cubed bread
Refrigerate for 8 or more hours. Its best to sit overnight at least
Remove 30 minutes before baking
Top with cinnamon, sugar and pads of butter
Bake, covered, at 350* for 45 to 50 minutes
**French bread isnt a must. You just want to make sure it is a nice, crusty bread.
Another great option that I just discovered is to cover with apple slices. You could also mix in raisins and/or apple chunks.
I want to sing the praises of electric knives. I love mine. I bought it originally for meat carving but I use it the most on bread. An electric knife is a quick and easy tool for butting up bread. Especially stale, crusty, bread.