Saturday, February 18, 2012

Peachy French Toast Breakfast Casserole

 So I was meandering about the local market, too small to be a grocery store really but they have the best meat in town, when I saw they had peaches on sale.  We usually have a very small window for really good peaches in upstate NY and I was skeptical. I picked up a few and they felt nice and ripe, they smelled...well they smelled peachy! I thought to myself that even if they were not terrific if I cooked them up in some recipe they would do nicely.  So I grabbed a bagful and continued my wandering trying to decide what on earth to do with them.
 Since I am planning another birthday brunch ( for my youngest son this time) next weekend, I have had breakfast recipes on my mind. I ALWAYS make a few new recipes to test on the family at large.  I saw a jug of Orange/Mango juice and grabbed that, I also grabbed some 7 grain Italian bread and eggs.
I also picked up a nice smoked ham.....oh, but that is another post. :-)

So here is the recipe I made this morning...let me know what you think!

Peachy French Toast Breakfast Casserole

4 tbl butter - divided
4 fresh peaches peeled and sliced
2 tbl brown sugar
3/4 cup orange/mango juice (plain OJ is fine as well) - divided
10 slice 7 grain Italian bread
5 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tea cardamom
1/2 tea cinnamon

Grease a baking dish (I used a 12x8) and preheat the oven to 350
In a skillet melt 2 tbl butter.  When it is melted add the peach slices. Saute for several minutes. Then add the brown sugar and 1/4 cup of the juice. stir often and cook several minutes until the juice has reduced and become thicker and syrupy.  Now add another 1/4 cup of the juice stir well and remove from heat. Set aside.  Heat another skillet or griddle and toss in 1 tbl of the butter to melt.  In a large bowl beat together the eggs, milk , spices and the last 1/4 cup of the juice.  Dip bread into the egg mixture very well. Cooking the french toast in the hot skillet until JUST browned on each side. Cut the French toast into bite sized pieces and toss into the prepared pan.  Now toss the peaches with all of the syrup in the pan in with the French toast. Combine well so the syrup and peaches are evenly distributed.  Dot with remaining 1 tbl butter.
Bake about 10 minutes.  Serve hot.  My family was divided about how best to eat this...My daughter and one son liked it straight from the pan with no additions, one son liked Cool Whip on it, my husband had his in a bowl with a little drizzle of heavy cream....I think all of these had merit. I myself have a strange addiction to heavy cream so that was my personal choice LOL!




OH...and I am reading up on how to get the most out of my new camera...do these photos look better?


3 comments:

  1. Looks "peachy" keen to me!!!! ~VK

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  2. Thanks for posting a comment! It is so good to hear from people that read my blog! This recipe was a huge hit...it is a definate keeper. Thanks for stopping by!

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