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Golden Saffron French Toast Casserole

Golden Saffron French Toast Casserole

Golden Saffron French Toast Casserole

Recipe By Miranda Barnett, Savory Spice Test Kitchen

Yields

9 servings

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cooking Time

45 Minutes

Recipe By Miranda Barnett, Savory Spice Test Kitchen

Level up your weekend brunch with this sweet, golden French toast casserole. Serve with fresh fruit and whipped cream for a fine dining brunch experience at home.

Ingredients

1 (1 lb.) loaf brioche, or other enriched bread like challa, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 3/4 cups milk, divided


6 eggs, room temperature

1 3/4 cups heavy cream

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted



Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Saffron Salt

    Saffron Salt is only available in February. Saffron Salt is a vibrant floral salt with delicate vanilla notes that comes in a giftable heart tin, p...

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  • Ground Turmeric Powder

    Ground Turmeric powder is made from a root in the ginger family and is used to add both color and flavor to most dishes when cooking. Turmeric powd...

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  • Pure Maple Sugar

    This tasty Pure Maple Sugar is made by drying maple syrup that has been tapped from the sweet maple tree, and then grinding it into granules. Maple...

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Directions

Step 1: Toast bread

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Arrange cubes of bread on a sheet tray. Bake for 15 min., shaking halfway through, until dried out and slightly golden. Set aside.

Step 2: Make custard

In a small bowl, microwave 2 Tbsp. milk until hot to the touch, about 10 seconds. Add Saffron Salt and stir to dissolve. Let mixture bloom for 5 min. and mix back into remaining milk. In a large bowl, combine eggs, heavy cream, brown sugar, butter, Ground Turmeric, and milk mixture.

Step 3: Arrange casserole

Arrange cubes of toasted bread in a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Pour custard mixture over bread and press down to soak all pieces of bread. Let sit for 5 min. and press bread pieces down again. Cover dish and chill for at least two hours and up to overnight.

Step 4: Bake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove chilled casserole dish 30 min. before cooking to let come to room temperature. Use a spoon to ladle custard evenly over bread. Sprinkle Pure Maple Sugar over top of casserole. Bake for 40 to 45 min. until bread is lightly golden and custard is cooked through. Sprinkle more Pure Maple Sugar over casserole and broil for 3 min. Let cool for 5 min. before sprinkling Saffron Salt over casserole. Slice and serve with maple syrup, whipped cream, or berries.