I've tried a number of French toast casserole recipes in the past, but I've never been completely satisfied with any of them. They were either too dry, still soggy in the center, or just lacking flavor in general.
So I set out to create a recipe that's easy to prepare and totally delicious -- one with plenty of flavor and with a creamy center that's perfectly cooked through.
Most recipes call for using day old French bread. However, because this bread is dry and dense, it usually requires the bread and egg mixture to soak overnight. I wanted an easy recipe that could be prepared first thing in the morning and baked immediately, so I chose to use King's Hawaiian® Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls.
Cut up into 1-inch cubes, these soft sweet rolls add plenty of flavor and absorb the egg mixture quickly. One 12-count tray of King's Hawaiian® Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls is the perfect size for this recipe.
I also swapped sweetened condensed milk for the heavy whipping cream that many recipes use. It adds a pleasing creaminess to the recipe and eliminates the need for additional sugar in the egg mixture.
You might be wondering how this French toast casserole differs from a bread pudding, and the truth is it is very much like a bread pudding... BUT it tastes like French toast -- and that makes it an acceptable breakfast food, right?
The rich cinnamon-pecan topping gets crunchy and caramelized as the casserole bakes and is the perfect contrast to the sweet and creamy custard-like center.
Serve this mouth-watering French toast casserole as is, or top it with your favorite fresh fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup. If you really want to go crazy (and why not?), add a dollop of homemade whipped cream -- amazing!
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