When I was grocery shopping for the ingredients for this casserole, I was pretty hungry. Sometimes hunger will make you do weird things. I noticed some vegetarian bacon on sale and thought it seemed like a great side to have with my french toast casserole. I mean, I love turkey bacon, I’d probably like vegetarian bacon too, right? I told Drew about it when he got home that evening. He laughed and said it would probably taste like dog food, but he would be willing to try some. I took it out of the packing to fry some up and it did smell suspiciously like cat treats. But we both managed to eat at least one whole slice apiece (I had three and he had one). Unfortunately, the taste and texture are lightyears away from pork or turkey bacon. But I love trying new foods, so I am grateful to have tried something new.
This Orange French Toast Casserole is super easy treat that makes a great breakfast or breakfast-for-dinner. You can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge before popping it in the oven if you’re pressed for time. I love how it is sweet, but not too sweet. I enjoyed mine plain, without syrup drizzled on top, but you make a enjoy a little syrup on top if you prefer sweet breakfasts to savory ones.
- • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- • 4 eggs
- • ⅔ cup of milk
- • ⅓ cup orange juice
- • ¼ cup maple syrup
- • zest of one orange
- • 4 cups cubed white bread
- • powdered sugar, additional orange zest, and maple syrup for serving (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350º.
- Whisk the cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking after each addition. Stir in the milk, orange juice, maple syrup, and orange zest.
- Place the cubed bread in a greased 9x13 baking dish. Slowly pour the egg mixture over the bread.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar and additional orange zest and drizzle with maple syrup before serving.
Adapted from Taste and Tell