French toast (or eggy-bread as I prefer to call it) has been something of a tradition in our home. It’s the food of our Sundays. On these Days of Rest, you’ll often find me in the kitchen, dunking bread in a sweet, milky egg mixture before frying it up and serving it with an assortment of toppings: syrup, peanut butter, chocolate spread, crispy bacon, grated cheese, sliced banana. Sometimes for breakfast, sometime for lunch, and sometimes even for dinner.
I then discovered that baked French toast was a thing, and obviously I had to try it for myself. Baked French toast is much the same as ordinary French toast except for a few things. First, the bread is cut into cubes and spread evenly into a lightly buttered baking dish. The egg mixture is then poured over the bread to soak, and the dish is then baked in the oven for about 30 minutes.
But I took this idea one step further – peanut butter baked French toast! Because I’m a firm believer that peanut butter makes EVERYTHING better. Right?!
This peanut butter baked French toast is a no-fuss, easy breakfast that’s warm, tasty and wholesome. It’s creamy, buttery, nutty, with a soft bready centre hidden under a crispy top layer. It’s a great make-ahead breakfast that can be kept in the fridge and reheated before eating … but I bet you won’t be able to stop yourself from tucking in right away!
Baked French Toast
- 4 slices bread
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup milk
- 2 tbsp melted peanut butter
- 1 tbsp melted butter
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 tbsp sugar
- ¼ cup mixed nuts
Preheat oven to 180°C and spray a small baking dish or a large ceramic bowl with non-stick spray. Use your fingers to shred the bread to pieces or a knife to cut the bread into cubes, then layer the bread evenly in the dish
In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Add melted peanut butter and butter, cinnamon, vanilla essence and sugar, and stir until combined
Pour the wet mixture over the bread, then give it quick stir to ensure the bread is evenly soaked. Sprinkle over the mixed nuts and put in the oven to bake for 30 minutes, until the French toast is browned and crispy