1 (1 pound) loaf of French bread, cut in 1/2″ slices – I usually have bits left over in the freezer I can use up
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups half-and-half cream
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups brown sugar (I use dark brown, but light would be okay)
3 Tbsp light corn syrup
1. Butter or spray a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange the slices of bread in the bottom – may take 2 layers to do get it all in. In a large bowl beat together eggs, milk, cream, vanilla & cinnamon. Pour over bread slices, cover & refrigerate over night.
2. The next morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar & corn syrup; heat until bubbling. Pour over bread & egg mixture.
3. Bake in preheated oven, uncovered for 40 minutes.
The cooled pan of French Toast can then be refrigerated or frozen. Thaw frozen French Toast the night before you plan to serve it & bake in a 325 degree oven for about 25 minutes to reheat and serve.