If you come here often, then you know all about me and my
obsession infatuation craze complete and total fixation on addiction to passion for all things Disney. Really. All the things.
Except Star Wars. But that doesn’t count because it isn’t really Disney. But I won’t get into that or how annoyed I am about Star Wars Land invading my happy place. I won’t talk about how sad I am to see all the beautiful trees on Big Thunder Trail coming down to make way for Darth Vader. I don’t want to get a bunch of hate mail. (Please don’t send hate mail.)
I love to try out Disney Recipes. My rumblyinmytumbly original recipe for Disneyland’s famous secret recipe Minnie’s Bake Shop White Chocolate Raspberry Cookies has pretty much gone crazy over the last few years, and I love seeing it pop up on pinterest and Disney boards and other sites and blogs. They even put it on Buzzfeed, which was pretty exciting. My recipe for Matterhorn Macaroons ended up on Buzzfeed too, AND The Disney Food Blog, which for a Disney nerd is like, the mecca of recipe success.
I get lots of requests for a baked french toast recipe, and I don’t have one on here, so I’m excited to have one, and even more excited that it is an amazing, gooey, cinnamon-y (that should really be a real word) Disney version to share with you.
This recipe has layers butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon, packed in between layers of thick, homestyle bread, covered in a rich and decadent custard, and then baked off to a golden crusty brown and sprinkled with powdered sugar and syrup. Is there anything not to like about that?
It has all the flavors of french toast, but even better. And don’t we all love recipes we can assemble the night before a big occasion and bake off in the morning?
It’s so beautiful when it’s sliced, and when you take a bite, you’ll really feel like you’re there. You’ll almost be able to hear the Old Timer’s Waltz on Main Street and smell the homemade waffle cones from the ice cream shop.
This recipe requires time- it must sit in the fridge overnight, so make sure you prepare in advance!
Recipe adapted from The Disney Diner
12 slices of thick sliced, homestyle white bread (not thin sandwich bread.) I used Grandma Sycamore’s Home Maid Bread
1 cup cold butter, sliced into thin pieces (15 slices per stick)
1 1/3 cups brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
Carefully cut the crust off each slice of bread and let the bread air dry on the counter for abut 4 hours. If you are pressed for time, you can very lightly toast them in the toaster to dry them out a bit. (You don’t want them browned at all though)
Slice your butter and put it back in the fridge until you are ready to use it. Mix together the brown sugar with 1 teaspoon of your cinnamon.
Generously grease a standard sized loaf pan. Whisk together your eggs, then add the heavy cream and whisk well. Add the vanilla, salt, and remaining 1/4tsp cinnamon and mix well again.
Place 3 slices of bread in the bottom of your loaf pan. Press down firmly. Top with 1/3 of the cinnamon mixture and 1/3 of the butter slices. Place another 3 pieces of bread on top, and repeat twice more. After each layer, use your palms to press down hard. Top with the remaining 3 slices of bread and pour the custard mixture slowly over the top.
Press down with a fork to help the custard sink into the bread, even carefully lifting up bread layers with a fork to help it soak in completely. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight.
The next morning:
Preheat your oven to 325°. Remove your loaf from the fridge and take off the plastic wrap. Place a sheet of foil over the top of your pan and secure it well. Definitely put a pan underneath your loaf pan to catch any spillage- I’d estimate about a quarter cup of butter bubbled out during the baking into my 9×13 casserole dish that I placed underneath. Bake for one hour. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 30 minutes until the top is golden brown. *original recipe says 30 minutes. Mine went for at least 40 before it was golden.
Remove and let cool completely. Slice and sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup. Enjoy!