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Sourdough French Toast Brunch Bake

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 370
Protein 12g
Fat 10g
Carbs 57g
Total Time 55 minutes

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Sourdough French Toast Brunch Bake

Ingredients

Sourdough French Toast Brunch Bake
Ingredients for 8 servings

  • ~1 lb sourdough bread, chopped into 1-inch to 1.5-inch cubes
    • Substitutes: wheat bread, whole/multi-grain bread, Ezekiel bread
  • Caramel
    • 1 can (13.5oz) lite coconut milk
    • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (OR 1/2 vanilla bean)
    • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup frozen banana, thawed and mashed (OR 2 mashed fresh ripe bananas)
  • 5 eggs + 3 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (OR choice of milk)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons cardamom (optional)
  • Topping (optional)
    • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
    • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Garnish
    • fresh berries
    • syrup
Steps
  1. Set oven to 350F.
  2. DO THIS STEP IF USING FRESH BREAD: Place bread cubes on a large baking tray, then bake in the oven for 10 – 12 minutes to dry it out and lightly toast.  Remove from the oven to dry out.  Set aside in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Set a cast iron skillet on medium heat and, once hot, add the ingredients for the caramel and stir and bring to a light simmer (you may have to gradually increase the heat).  Simmer for 3 – 5 minutes, or until  it begins to caramelize and turn brown.  Reduce the heat gradually to thicken, cooking and stirring for an additional 3 – 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat to thicken.
    Sourdough French Toast Brunch Bake
  4. In a mixing bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients (except the Topping and Garnish).
  5. Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes and continuously fold and stir until ALL  the cubes are covered in the  batter.  Let rest (covered) in the fridge overnight OR allow it to soak at room temperature for 25-30 minutes.  Ensure that all the liquid has been absorbed.
  6. In a 9 x 13 casserole dish, pour in the caramel and spread it out.  Then add the soaked bread cubes.  Add the toppings.  Cover and bake for 35 – 40 minutes, removing the top for the final 10 minutes of baking until golden brown.
    Sourdough French Toast Brunch Bake
  7. Let cool for 5 – 10 minutes before slicing, then enjoy with fresh berries and/or syrup.
    Sourdough French Toast Brunch Bake
    Sourdough French Toast Brunch Bake

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Calories
370
Protein
12g
Fat
10g
Carbs
57g
Sodium
460mg
Fiber
3g
Sugar
26g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.