Every summer my family and I take the 5 hour drive to Cape Cod, Massachusetts for vacation. It’s a trek we’ve been making since I was a little girl and it always reminds me of family. With the holiday season just beginning, I thought I’d share a dish that also makes me reminisce about family. This recipe was passed on to me by my aunt who scored the killer secrets from the Moses Nickerson House Inn in Chatham, Cape Cod. The almost 200 year old inn has since changed names, now calling themselves the Chatham Gables Inn and underwent a huge renovation, but we hope they kept this little gem on the menu! It’s the simplest go-to dish for any Sunday morning brunch or Christmas morning treat. You’ll enjoy cuddling up with loved ones while dining on this French Toast Casserole!
1/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
12 slices of bread
1 TBS (or more if you’d like!) cinnamon
1 TBS (again, go crazy!) ground nutmeg
Pour melted butter over the bottom of a square 8×8 baking dish. Sprinkle brown sugar over. Combine milk and eggs. Place stacks of bread, 3 on top of each other, crusts removed, in pan. Pour egg and milk mixture over the bread. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Cover, refrigerate overnight.
Pre-heat over to 325 degrees. Uncover and bake for 25-30 minutes. Broil for 3 minutes to brown. Turn over to serve and enjoy!
The mix of sweet brown sugar and moist layered cinnamon bread is sure to be a hit at brunch or as breakfast for dinner! To add my own twist, I may top with sliced bananas, a dusting of powdered sugar (use stencils or cookie cutters to design sweet shapes), or add in some toasted walnuts for added crunch. You could even experiment with the bread you use! Keep it classic or dress it up, either way, you’ll eat it up!
Stephanie a.k.a. The Foodetarian