I've been trying out new crock pot recipes from the BH&G "Ultimate Slow Cooker" magazine. I have tried many of the recipes and only one so far was really, really bad. This French Toast recipe is very good and so easy to make and wonderful to wake up to.
12 ounces challa or sweet bread (such as Portuguese or Hawaiian sweet bread), torn/cubed into 1-inch pieces (about 9 cups)
4 cups of milk or half and half
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs or 3/4 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
(caramel ice cream topping, warmed) optional
1. Place bread cubes in slow cooker
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together milk, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt. Pour over bread cubes in cooker. Press bread lightly with back of large spoon to moisten bread completely. Cover and chill in refrigerator for 4 - 24 hours.
3. Remove from refrigerator. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7-8 hours or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Turn off cooker. Let stand for 30 minutes. Spoon out into bowl or on plates. (top with ice cream topping if desired) Makes 12 servings.
The topping isn't necessary, since it is sweet. In fact, the next time I make this I am going to reduce the sugar by a fourth and see if it still turns out. I put some chopped pecans and sliced bananas on the table and it was very good with those additions. This was very close to being a bread pudding, so it would probably be great with whiskey sauce and served as a dessert as well.
If you try it...let me know what you think.
The lovely bowls were made Blue Sky Pottery.