Overnight Pear Crumble French Toast Bake

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One of my favorite traditions is a big Christmas morning brunch. My mom often prepares overnight dishes that she just has to pop in the oven in the morning to cook while we open gifts. Once we are finished, a hot and delicious meal is waiting for us. Can you think of anything better? This is a fruity variation of baked French toast that I love. It is total comfort food and much less fussy than standing at the stove all morning. I like to pre-cook bacon the day before serving and then reheat it the next morning. Then I serve it with my Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole, this French toast bake and fresh fruit for a beautiful breakfast that’s sure to please any crowd on Christmas morning.

Overnight Pear Crumble French Toast Bake

Serves 12

Ingredients:

 Casserole:

  • Butter for greasing
  • 1 loaf crusty French bread, cut into large cubes
  • 2 ripe pears, chopped
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar

Crumble Topping:

  • 5 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 5 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 5 tbsp. rolled oats
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • ¼ cup butter, softened

Instructions:

 Grease a 9×13 baking dish. Toss together the bread cubes and diced pear and lay evenly in the dish. Whisk the eggs in a medium bowl, then add the vanilla, milk, and sugars. Mix well and then pour evenly over the bread mixture. Press the bread down lightly to help everything soak in. Cover the dish and refrigerate until ready to bake. For the crumble topping, mix the ingredients together until blended and store in the fridge until ready to use.

Once ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Crumble the topping over the bread mixture. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until it is set in the center. I cook mine a little longer for a more traditional French toast consistency. Cover with foil if it is getting too browned on top.

Once cooked, let cool for a few minutes, then cut into squares. Serve with syrup and whipped cream if desired.

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