And this time of year is perfect for those of us that deeply enjoy this food group. But one of my favorite ways to eat carbs is if said carbs are also combined with saturated fat in the form of eggs and dairy.
(Let’s just say I might consume enough bread pudding for it to be classified as my own personal food group, and leave it at that).So, I know many of us like to make a Christmas brunch type recipe, which, in our family, has historically been store-bought coffee cake. But this year, I’m going to go out on a limb and assert that the Gourmet Gourmand family will be eating this Brioche French Toast Casserole instead of coffee cake this Christmas morning.
And I couldn’t be happier. It is SO SO good!This recipe has all the ingredients I hold dear- an entire loaf of sweet brioche, 8 eggs, 5 cups of whole milk, and a little alcohol in the form of Grand Marnier. And a little orange zest.
“How gorgeous is that?” we should all exclaim upon viewing this masterpiece for the first time, because, dear reader, this recipe is an adaptation of an Ina Garten classic that uses challah bread.So that’s all I’m going to write about this French Toast casserole and let the pictures do the talking here.(Oh wait! Before I forget, I included a recipe for Mandarin Orange Maple Syrup that goes splendidly with this french toast if you are so inclined. I’ve also eaten this with fresh and smashed strawberries and the results were equally superb).Happy Holidays!
Brioche French Toast Casserole
_For the French Toast_
_For the Mandarin Orange syrup_
Meanwhile prepare the mandarin orange syrup.