Overnight Cinnamon Raisin French Toast

Well, I finally did it.  I broke down and purchased an air conditioner.  I had resolved that I wouldn't do it. I could stick it out and make it through the summer.  Yesss, you got this girl.

Two days into a massive heat wave (but it was really just two days in the high 80's/low 90's), I decided that maybe I couldn't do this.  No, you don't got this.  Get a grip on reality so you can stop taking 4 showers a day because of how much you're sweating.

I trekked over to Home Depot over the weekend and picked up a window air conditioning unit.  I got someone to help me bring it upstairs, and then I got someone to install it.  Ahhhh instant cold air goodness!  You know what this means, right?  Time to turn on the oven and bake all the things!

So that's pretty much what had to happen.

For this month's Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned to Wendy's blog, A Day in the Life on the Farm.  Something I love about the SRC is that I get to peruse so many different blogs.  Everyone has such an interesting story to tell!  Wendy and her husband are both retired cops who decided to move to a small town and purchase several acres of property.  Pretty soon there were fruit trees, chickens and other livestock being raised there.  They had somehow turned their space into a farm, hence the name of the blog!

I was sorely tempted to make Wendy's Waffles recipe, as Ive been looking for a decent waffle recipe for a while.   Could this be the holy grail recipe I'm looking for?  I also really wanted to make the Stollen Bread Pudding (I'm on a carb-up diet, in case you couldn't tell) but this Overnight Cinnamon Raisin French Toast swooped in and held me hostage!

Not only am I a fan of cinnamon and raisin, but I'm also obsessed with baking my French Toast.   Additionally, this overnight version required only a few minutes of prep the night before so the next morning all i had to do was put it in the oven.  This is so ridiculously easy and tasty!!


Overnight Cinnamon Raisin French Toast
adapted from A Day In The Life On The Farm

Print Recipe

  • 1 loaf cinnamon raisin bread
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1) Prepare an 8 x 8 casserole dish.  You can use a larger or smaller dish depending on how you like your french toast.  Grease the dish with softened butter, or spray generously with cooking spray.

2) Slice the bread into cubes of roughly the same size and place them in the prepared pan.

3) In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.  Drizzle this mixture over the bread in the baking pan, making sure as much bread as possible is soaked in the liquid.

4) Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.

5) The next morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Bake the french toast for 45-50 minutes, or until it is golden brown.  Serve warm.