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Raspberry Baked French Toast

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 40 min (includes chilling and cooling times)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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Ingredients

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature

10 extra-large eggs

2 3/4 cups half-and-half

1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon grated orange zest, plus extra for serving

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

10 cups (1-inch-diced) day-old challah bread

12 ounces fresh raspberries

Confectioners' sugar, for serving

Pure maple syrup, for serving

Directions

  1. Grease a 9 x 13 x 2-inch oval baking dish with the butter and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, 1/3 cup of granulated sugar, the brown sugar, vanilla, orange zest, and salt.
  2. Spread half of the diced bread in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle on the raspberries in one layer. Top with the rest of the bread and pour on the egg mixture, pressing down lightly to moisten the bread. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the baking dish on a sheet pan and bake it for 60 to 70 minutes, until the custard is set and the top is puffed and browned. Check after 45 minutes; if the top is getting too browned, cover it lightly with aluminum foil. Cool for 10 minutes, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, dust with extra orange zest, and serve warm with maple syrup.
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