Happy New Year! Hope you had a good evening and got home safely. Got any resolutions you want to share? No? Well, I’ll share one of mine to get started: to eat breakfast more. So you’ve probably heard that if you eat a filling breakfast, you’re more likely to eat less throughout the day, right? You’re also less likely to get raging headaches from hunger around 10 AM. But because I like to get to work at 7 AM (I know it’s crazy, but I love the quiet and I get so much done) if I have to cook anything, I probably won’t eat breakfast on that day.
So, I’ve decided that I need to expand my “wake up and go” arsenal. I’ve already got my make ahead breakfast burritos that I can prep and freeze, but sometimes I want something different. Enter the crockpot which, in my opinion, is one of the best kitchen appliances (after the KitchenAid standmixer and all of it’s glorious attachments, of course). I have two, a regular 4 quart (I get 8-10 servings depending on the recipe) and a mini 2 quart. The best thing about the crockpot is that you can put all the ingredients in, turn it on, and walk away (or in my case, go to sleep). So let’s add another arrow in the breakfast crossbow.
Crockpot French Toast
Adapted from The Cake Eccentric’s Blog
The 4 quart fed 6-7 people. I believe that the 2 quart could comfortably feed 2-3 people (unless you’re trying to feed a guy, then you might just want to break out the 4 quart).
- 1 loaf of bread (for a 4 quart) or 1/2-1/3 of a loaf of bread (for the 2 quart)
- 9 eggs (for a 4 quart) or 4 eggs (for the 2 quart)
- 1 1/2 cups of milk (for a 4 quart) or 3/4 of a cup of milk
- 2-3 tbsp of cinnamon (for a 4 quart) or 1-2 tbsp of cinnamon (for a 2 quart)
- 3 tbsp of brown sugar (for the 4 quart) or 2 tbsp of brown sugar (for a 2 quart)
- 1 tbsp of sugar (for the 4 quart) or 1/2 tbsp of sugar (for a 2 quart)
- 2 tbsp of vanilla (for the 4 quart) or 1 tbsp of vanilla (for a 2 quart)
- 1/2-1 tbsp of nutmeg (for either size)
*Note: I really like cinnamon and nutmeg, so you may want to start with half of the suggested spices and use your sense of smell to adjust from there. Remember, this is a cooking recipe which means that you can adjust to your liking (don’t do that with baking). But, please just smell to adjust your spices, this is not a part of this recipe that you want to try. I do not advocate eating raw eggs (unless there’s also a little four and maybe some chocolate chips).
- Mix all ingredients, except for the bread.
- Cut the bread however you like. I cut my slices diagonally. This just makes it easier to fit the bread in the crockpot.
- Spray your crockpot with cooking spray (or use a crockpot liner, but for some reason I do not like them very much).
- Dip your bread slices in your egg mixture and place in the crockpot. Here, you should get your dish with your egg mixture as close as possible to your crockpot. The farther away from the crockpot the dish is, the more egg mixture you’ll have to clean up.
- After dipping and putting all of your bread in, pour the remaining egg mixture in the crockpot. At this point (because I love the smell and feel it needed more) I added some additional sprinkles of cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Now, cook on low for 6 hours on low in the 4 quart making sure to take the lid off for the final 10 minutes. There are not many crockpot recipes that I have come across where the crockpot needs to be turned off after the dish is done, but this one is. The french toast crust will begin to harden in a not-so-pleasant way. I’m going to have to try and update this at a later date, but I think that 2-2.5 hours on low would be good.
This was amazing, you got the delicious taste (and smell) of french toast upon waking. This recipe made my house smell so good and the crockpot almost did not make it to work. And then it was slightly crusty on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. I added a little bit of syrup, but next time, I may make some spiced whipped cream and powdered sugar.
So, what do you think? Do you have any other breakfast secrets? Let me know in the comments. And, once again, Happy New Year!
Final Verdict: Delicious