Crockpot French Toast Casserole – Nance and Robyn make the same recipe

Crockpot French Toast Casserole – Nance and Robyn make the same recipe

Every week we’ll post a recipe that we both made. This week’s recipe was Crockpot French Toast, found over at Moms with Crockpots. Printable recipe can be found at the bottom of this post.  

Robyn’s Take:

This week’s recipe was Nance’s choice, and I was all two-thumbs-up because it looked pretty damn easy!

Important things to keep in mind: you’ve got to start making it the night before, and it’s got to cook in the crock pot for 2 – 4 hours (2 on high, 4 on low) and THEN sit for 15 – 20 minutes before you can eat it. So don’t go rolling out of bed thinking you’re about to be shoving french toast in your face. You’ve got to be PATIENT.

The ingredients for the first part of the recipe:

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A loaf of french bread, 6 eggs, milk, cinnamon. Now, the recipe called for “A loaf of bread”, and then next to it was a link to make your own homemade french bread. With my keen mind and cunning detective skills, I decided that I would buy a loaf of french bread (though to be honest, I think most any kind of bread would work) and take the leap of faith that everything would work out.

I mean, come on. Make your own french bread? Making your own bread has its place in the world I SUPPOSE, but really.

So dice up your loaf of bread. I did fairly thick slices and then cut each slice into six pieces, then threw them in a bowl. I don’t truthfully think it matters how you cut it up, just that you do, so that the liquid can sink into all areas of the bread.

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Then mix your eggs, milk, and cinnamon.

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What’s it called when the cinnamon refuses to mix with the liquid and separates into pods of cinnamony goodness? I mean, other than “annoying” what’s it called? I could have gone through and popped each cinnamon pod to FORCE it to blend with the liquid, but I refer you to the animated gif up there. I figured that once I added it to the bread, it would all work out. I was right. I always am AND DON’T YOU FORGET IT.

I was about to pour the eggs/ milk/ cinnamon over the bread, but then I was all “This bowl does not have a cover and I am not in the mood for messing around with plastic wrap. Howzabout I get out a big bowl that HAS a cover and use that instead, ya think?” Which I did. Then I dumped the eggs/ milk/ cinnamon over the bread and stirred it around until all the bread was moistened.

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Then cover your bowl, put it in the fridge, and soak overnight (or at least 4 hours.)

The next morning, it’s time to make the topping.

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Cinnamon, chopped pecans, brown sugar, softened butter. Not pictured: nutmeg.

Do you SEE that freakin’ Asian Lady Beetle back there, trundling along like a whore? I love my house, but what I DO NOT LOVE is that from November onward, we are host to 75 million of those FUCKING Asian Lady Beetles, who are of the mistaken impression that we’re a bed and breakfast. They come inside, they trail stinky orange goo around all our windows, they bitch about how the towels aren’t THICK and PLUSH enough, they complain about the Continental Breakfast. Then half of them crawl into the walls and attic, and the other half  die and litter the window sills and floors. I have to go around with the broom (or, in my lazier moments, the handheld vacuum) and sweep them up and toss them in the trash. I hate those fuckers so much.

The BEST part is that if the temperature gets above 50 degrees – I’m in Alabama, remember, and it’s been a particularly mild Winter – all the stupid Beetles stretch and yawn and come out and demand room service. Then about half of THOSE flail around on the window sills and floors while the other half wander aimlessly around the house.

I HATE THOSE THINGS SO FRIGGIN’ MUCH.

ANYway. There are your topping ingredients and one pain in the ass Beetle in the background. (I should totally Photoshop Paul McCartney into the background of that picture.)

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In a bowl, mix together your butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg. I used a pastry knife to do mine. If you don’t have a pastry knife, use two knives to do it. Or your hands, or your feet, or fit the Lady Asian Beetles with tiny harnesses and make them do it. Whatever works for you, works for me.

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Spray your crock pot lightly with cooking spray, dump your bread/egg/milk/cinnamon mixture in, and then sprinkle the topping across the top. Put on the lid. Cook for four hours on low, two hours on high. I did it on high, because I didn’t want to be eating this stuff at lunch time.

This is what it looked like after two hours.

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The butter and sugar melted together to make a tasty, tasty topping. Don’t forget to let it sit for 15 – 20 minutes before you eat!

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The verdict? Um… I guess I kinda don’t like French Toast as much as I thought? I mean, I ate a small bowlful of the stuff and it was good, but it was – this totally sounds like something Fred would say – too eggy. I don’t know, there was something about the consistency that I didn’t care for. If I were at someone else’s house, I’d probably eat a small bowl, but if I never have it again, I’m okay with that. Fred also ate a small bowl of it, and we gave the rest to the chickens, who loved the hell out of it.

(One day I’m going to remember to take a picture of the chickens eating our leftovers so you can see how much they enjoy what we give ‘em!)

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Nance’s Take:

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I was determined to have my part of the damn entry done in time to be published on Monday morning. But more exciting things got in the way (I’m lying) and I never found my way into the kitchen until late Sunday afternoon. I also never found time in my day to get dressed. Pajamas. ALL day. It was wonderful! The picture above shows a few different things. I did not make my own homemade bread and I didn’t buy French bread either. It also shows that I used my iPad to see if the web site had pictures of how they cut their bread (it didn’t) and finally, the tray I bought on clearance for 79¢.

You can guess which one of those I’m bragging on. Hint. 79 MOTHERFUCKING CENTS!  Yes, I’m aware it’s out of season.  But hey, sunflowers are cool any time of the year (in my own head, but whatever).

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There was a harsh moment when I thought making this recipe was doomed. Last week we went to New Jersey (Rick/work) and on the way home we stopped at Chocolate World in Hershey, PA. We picked this up as a joke gift for my son because he’s always asking me to buy Hershey syrup. Banana for scale (and if you know where the banana thing is from you can be my new best friend). That’s over 7 pounds of Hershey Syrup.  Trey has lost his mind with making chocolate milk and all I can say is that he’s damn lucky that his father noticed we were out of milk and picked some up from the store earlier in the day. I almost had a stroke when I saw the empty gallon jug in the garbage!  Do you guys remember when this stuff used to come in a can and you had to use the triangle-shaped can opener to open it?  I remember sneaking that can from the refrigerator and pouring it right into my mouth when I was a kid.  I’m so thankful that I never got caught because, OH BOY.

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Six eggs. And a new piece of pretty Polish Pottery.

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I have to confess (OHMYGAWD, I DO NOT WANT TO) that I am like Robyn’s husband, Fred, when it comes to thinking that eggs can sometimes be too eggy. I deviated from the recipe and threw some vanilla extract in there to try and correct any eggyness problems. I actually thought about blaming my mom for this vanilla bottle being a mess (SLOB!), but I’m not sure it wasn’t me so I’m going to just shut up and save my own ass.

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Here’s an appetizing picture for ya!  Full Disclosure:  I obviously did not let this sit for 4 hours or overnight.  I poured it over my bread, mixed it up and dumped it into my crockpot.  Procrastinators Unite!

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The topping sans nuts.  That right there is health food in my world.  LOVE butter and brown sugar!

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Can you see what I see in this picture?

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All ready to go! Since I started so late I went ahead and turned it on high and set the timer for two hours like the recipe said.  Note:  I used walnuts instead of pecans because I’m not like some people who have pecan trees in their backyard.  Ahem.

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After two hours it was still too soggy to eat.  I had to endure a speech about the different temperature variants, blahblahs*science*blahblah, of crockpots. Thanks, Rick. I care about that shit and I’m glad you’re here to tell me all about it.

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This was after two and a half hours. Looks much better. Unfortunately, nobody in the house liked it because we’re a bunch of picky motherfuckers who like our French toast made the old school way. Or it could have been that they thought it was too bland and they don’t like nuts on their French toast since that’s what they actually told me.

No pictures of animals eating this because I have enough health issues in this house right now and I’m not about to add an animal with a food allergy.  With my luck, I’d have a couple of fools going into anaphylactic shock over the nuts or some shit.  And seriously, I refuse to call an ambulance for Felina.  You think that’s a ridiculous statement?  You have not met Shirley.  I could be laying outside in the driveway with a broken leg and she would not notice for days.  Felina coughs a few times after eating a couple of nuts and Shirley will have her ass air-lifted to Children’s Hospital.  No lie.

Crockpot French Toast Casserole – Nance and Robyn make the same recipe
 
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Original Source/Author:
: Breakfast!
Cuisine: Breakfast!
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf of bread, slice or diced
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups milk (or use Almond milk or soy milk or whatever strikes your fancy)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Topping:
  • ¼ c. butter (margarine, if you must, but don’t. Just don’t. Blech.), softened
  • ½ c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ c. chopped pecans
  • Pinch of Nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Put your cut-up bread in a bowl. Mix together milk, eggs, and cinnamon. Pour over bread. Toss or stir to combine. Cover and put in fridge at least 4 hours.
  2. After bread has soaked, spray the inside of the crock pot with cooking spray. Pour in bread mixture.
  3. In a smallish bowl, mix together butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans and nutmeg. Mix with a pastry knife or two knives. Possibly a fork. A spoon might work. WhatEVER.
  4. Crumble the topping over the bread mixture. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2.
  5. Let sit 15 – 20 minutes before serving.

 

47 Comments

    • That’s what it reminded me of…Bread pudding! And thanks for the recipe, I just saved it so don’t be surprised if it doesn’t show up on here one of these days. :)

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    • I can’t believe I didn’t realize it, but you’re right, it totally tasted like bread pudding!

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      • It explains a helluva lot considering nobody in this house likes bread pudding.

        And oh, I cannot believe you mentioned the “eggy” when I mentioned the “eggy” too. I’m horrified that I “get” Fred and we’re so much alike. I bet he’s horrified too. Hee!

      • I keep TELLING you, y’all share the same brain! :D

  1. My grandma used to have a scoop of French Vanilla Ice Cream with Hershey’s syrup every night. She weighed a buck o’ five. UGH.

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    • Ugh, with these skinny people who can eat all the good shit with no weight gain! I would rather eat vanilla ice cream with Hershey’s syrup than have it in chocolate milk. FABULOUS. And now I need to put vanilla ice cream on our grocery list. And bananas. YUM. And no, I don’t weigh a buck o’ five (DAMMIT).

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      • Now *I* have to put vanilla ice cream AND Hershey’s on my grocery list! God, that stuff is good.

      • Have you tried the Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate syrup? Quite tasty. I also love the Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder.

      • I don’t like dark chocolate candy bars but I love cooking with Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder. That chocolate cake recipe on the back of the cocoa container? To die for!

      • I haven’t tried the dark syrup because I’m afraid I will hate it. :(

        But I can tell you that I did happen to have vanilla ice cream, with hershey syrup AND bananas last night. Rick’s really good about not minding if I ask him to stop at the grocery store. ;)

      • You might weigh a buck o five if you carefully select your units of measure….

  2. I love that you feed eggs to your chickens. Nothing like a little cannibalism to make the world go ’round… :)

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    • We dry out and grind up eggshells for them, too! :)

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      • Awesome! I was in the hospital one time and had to do the wheelchair thing for a while. My darling, sweet, gentle mother would come visit me and bring me outside for some fresh air and Asian chicken bites. When I would be full and she couldn’t eat anymore either, she would feed the remainder to the pigeons.

        The look on her face was priceless when I suggested that she was promoting cannibalism. I still snicker when I think about that… :)

      • Ha! Hey, birds gotta eat, man. :)

      • my niece used to bring her parrots to Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and feed them turkey.
        Now that the parrots live in the house where we have the dinners, they don’t get any cause her mom (my sis) thinks that is gross.
        we hear them shouting profanities (yes we taught them) from the “bird room” while we eat.
        We also taught one parrot to shriek” I’ll get you my pretty- and your little dog too”.
        we are that classy.

      • I can’t imagine having a parrot and NOT having it pick up profanities in this house! :)

  3. Wait… I’ve got to make the stuff, refrigerate it for four hours, cook it for two hours, change the temperature settings and let it cook for another four hours, and then let it sit 15-20 minutes before serving it?

    Or I could just stand at the stove to make french toast the old fashioned way. Otherwise we’d be having french toast for dinner since I’m not likely to be setting my alarm twice in the middle of the night for much of anything. (Insert Robyn’s favorite gif here)

    I *do* however have time for Hershey’s syrup and vanilla ice cream. :)

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    • Regular french toast is way better!

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      • I’m not too shocked that it got over-ovulated (tech talk for “too eggy”)….don’t you use pretty dense or older bread and only dip it in a little with normal french toast? So letting it soak to the max for hours just seems like too much, And French bread seems a little light and airy to stand up to that.

    • I MADE time for Hershey’s syrup and ice cream last night and I have to admit that it was way better than any kind of French toast!

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  4. I should know better than to read this at work. I lost it on the line “Shirley will have her ass air-lifted to Children’s Hospital. No lie.”

    My co-workers think I am a loon.

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    • People thinking you’re a loon? Trying living with one (hi, Shirley!).

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  5. I already ate all my ice cream. i just bought it Thursday. I live with 2 cats. no one to blame but myself.
    In my defense, we just had a major storm up here in Nova Scotia! buried under almost 2ft of snow over the weekend.
    nothing to do but eat, read and snooze. hurray!

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    • Time to make snow cream!

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      • What the hell is snow cream?

      • Snow, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla. I’d never heard of it, despite growing up with plenty of snow. I think it’s a Southern thing. There’s rarely enough snow to do anything with here, so when there is, they sweeten it and eat it. Fred made some a couple of years ago. I don’t get the appeal, but some people love it. Paula Deen has a recipe, of course.

      • We used to make snow candy when I was a kid. I think it’s sugar and water and maybe corn syrup with food coloring and some flavoring, then you pour it into the snow. It makes a lacy mess that you pull out and eat. I never thought it was that good, but I live in Seattle, so snow is an adventure, and we were always very excited to make it.

  6. So, 19 minutes total, huh? :) Or is that how long normal French toast takes to make?

    (And yes, I totally agree re: margarine.)

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    • Oops! That was supposed to be 4 hours. I fixed it. :)

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      • Editing not your thing, Missy?

      • Hey, you were supposed to double check it. You missed it, too!

      • I totally thought it was part of the joke! I think I’ll still stick with regular ol’ French toast though. (I do add vanilla to mine, so I’m glad to see I’m not alone in that.)

  7. You know what this recipe needs? Kahlua!!! I always put Kahlua in my French Toast mix, just a little, for that extra flavor. I have had no complaints. I too would airlift Felina’s ass. She is a celebrity after all. And I missed it. What am I supposed to see in the close up picture of the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon?

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    • I missed that, too – what were we supposed to see, Nance?

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    • Absolutely nothing. But don’t tell Robyn. :)

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  8. So last night I actually dreamed that I was making this recipe. It turned out really well in my dream! Then I went into my bedroom and found 12 brown tabbies on my bed. Given that I have one brown tabby and one black kitten, this was a little weird. So dream self assumed that because I was making one of Robyn’s recipes, she sent 11 brown tabbies to live with me. Clearly I shouldn’t go to bed when hungry!

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    • Ha! I distracted you with the recipe so I could sneak some brown tabbies into your bedroom and hoped you wouldn’t notice! It sounds like Dream Robyn is not very different from Real Robyn. :D

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      • Stay away from all Robyn’s!!!!!

    • Real Robyn keeps the brown tabbies for herself!

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  9. I’m glad I’m not the only one thinking “wait, isn’t this bread pudding?” Which I make in the oven using pound cake, not bread, and booze. And now I want some regular old French toast!

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    • Hmm. I could use some pound cake right now! :)

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  10. Robyn, don’t George and Gracie ever get any yummy leftovers/scorned recipes? And hey, bread pudding haters, cease and desist — it’s delicious!

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    • Also, am I the only person who initially misread the title as “Crackpot French Toast”? (Paging Dr. Freud…)

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    • Oh, don’t worry – George and Gracie get a share, too. They usually get a small piece of whatever we’re giving the chickens, and the chickens decimate the rest. :)

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