RECIPE

Monkey Bread French Toast Casserole

Banana bread meets French toast (and bacon!) in this fabulous brunch-ready casserole that you can make the night before.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter, for greasing dish
  • 8 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Salt
  • 2 loaves banana bread, cubed and toasted (about 5-6 cups)
  • 3 large bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Preparation

Pre-heat a medium skillet over medium heat and cook the bacon until crispy. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain the excess fat.


Generously butter a 9-inch x 13-inch casserole dish.


In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt and whisk until blended. Gently toss the toasted banana bread, bananas, walnuts and bacon in with the egg mixture. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish; cover with foil and place in the refrigerator overnight.


The next day, pre-heat the oven to 375ºF.


Bake, covered, for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until puffed. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes until golden brown.

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