From: My friend Portia
1 1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
¾ c. melted butter
¼ c. + 2 TBS. light corn syrup
French bread loaf, appx. 17” long (cut into 15 – 1.5” slices)
4 large eggs
2 1/2 c. milk
1 TBS. vanilla extract
½ tsp. salt
5 TBS. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. butter melted (for topping)
Stir together 1st three ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly approximately 5 minutes or until very bubbly. Pour mixture into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Immediately arrange 10 bread slices over mixture. Whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla & salt, gradually pour over bread slices. Cover & refrigerate at least 8 hours. Stir together sugar & cinnamon, sprinkle evenly over bread. Drizzle ¼ c. melted butter on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until golden & bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes & serve.
What I did differently from the recipe:
I just used regular bread instead of french loaf bread.
What I'll do differently next time:
Neutral. I have to say, the tops were delicious. We love french toast. But there was like an inch of liquid on the bottom that never evaporated, so by the time the bread had soaked for 8 hours and then cooked for almost another hour, the bread was just mushy on the bottom layer. We like our french toast crispy, so this wasn't very appetizing to us. Not sure how I can fix this issue, or if I can. It might just be that some people like mushy french toast! Feel free to test this recipe and figure out the liquid part - like I said, the top part was very tasty!!