This is our annual Christmas morning breakfast tradition. I prep everything when the kids go to bed on Christmas Eve. I use disposable everything just because this recipe is very sticky and I don't want to be bothered with cleaning anything on Christmas.
1 (1 pound) loaf French bread, cut diagonally in 1 inch slices
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups half-and-half cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup butter
1 1/3 cups brown sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1.Butter a 9x13 inch foil baking dish. Arrange the slices of bread in the bottom. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over bread slices, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
2.The next morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a small saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar and corn syrup; heat until bubbling. Pour over bread and egg mixture.
3.Bake in preheated oven, uncovered, for 40 minutes.
You can also bake your sausage and/or bacon in the oven with the casserole. This makes Christmas morning go so smoothly.