Our family absolutely loves this breakfast casserole, and now that our big girls have mastered making it on their own, we’re enjoying it as a weekly weekend breakfast and occasional breakfast-for-dinner dish!
As we were preparing for VBS week this week — which means getting out of the house by 8 a.m. each morning, something we’re not used to as homeschoolers — I was trying to come up with easy breakfasts to take the stress out of our morning routine, and I decided to try a sweet version of our casserole. In muffin size, of course, because who doesn’t love a good muffin?!
After a few attempts, here’s what I came up with.
I love this recipe because it’s really a hearty, healthy breakfast, but it’s fun too. With no-sugar-added whole grain bread, plenty of eggs for protein and optional maple syrup, there’s no worry about sending them off with a sugar rush (unfortunately, they’ll get plenty of that at VBS), but everybody gobbles them down!
I don’t often cooking in silicone, especially after reading Katie’s thoughts and the extended discussion on silicone bakeware safety, but we need a new muffin pan and my first batch with paper liners ended up soggy, so I made an exception for this batch.
- 6 eggs
- 1-1/2 cups milk
- 8 slices of whole grain sandwich bread
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs and milk and whisk together thoroughly.
- Add vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup (if using) and stir until combined.
- Tear or cut sandwich bread into ¾" squares and add to egg mixture.
- Refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight.
- In the morning, pull batter out of the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Scoop batter into a prepared muffin tin (or silicon muffin cups), filling each cup all the way.
- Bake for 40 minutes. Let stand for 5-10 minutes to cool. Serve warm as is or topped with butter and/or additional maple syrup.
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What is your favorite way to make french toast? What’s your favorite easy breakfast dish?