I love breakfast foods and having a brunch with family or friends is one of my favorite things to do. Here is one of my favorite things to make. It is a combination of 2 similar recipes, taking my favorite parts from both.
6 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon corn syrup
1 loaf Italian bread, 5-6 inches in diameter
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cup half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla
zest of one orange
1/4 teaspoon salt
orange slices for garnish--if desired
Spray or grease one 13 x 9 pan.
in small saucepan, melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup over moderate heat. Stir until smooth. Pour into 9 x 13 baking dish.
Break french bread into 1 or 2 inch pieces and sprinkle on top of sugar mixture. In medium bowl, whisk eggs, half and half, vanilla, salt and orange zest until well combined. Pour egg mixture evenly over bread. Cover. Chill 8-24 hours. In 350 degree oven bake 40-50 minutes. (If casserole has been brought to room temperature first, reduce baking time to 35-40 minutes) Garnish with fresh orange slices, if desired.
(I didn't have oranges this time and it tasted great without.)