Cooking mom Amy Hanten does an easy, delicious brunch recipe perfect for Easter:
Throw an Almond Orange French Toast Casserole together the day before and bake it Easter morning!
1 large loaf of French Bread, cut into 1 to 2 inch cubes
2 cups of milk or half ‘n half
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Zest from 2 oranges
3 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 to 1/2 cup sliced almonds
Whipped cream (optional)
Maple syrup (optional)
Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Place bread cubes in the bottom of the dish. In a large bowl, beat eggs with milk or half ‘n half. Whisk in almond extract, cinnamon, and orange zest. Pour over bread cubes. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. Before baking remove foil and dot with butter. Sprinkle brown sugar and almonds over the top. Place foil loosely over the top and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 10 to 20 minutes or until custard is cooked and the top is golden. Serve with syrup and/or whipped cream on top.