Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

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  • So this little tasty morsel of a dish came about quite by accident. I had been craving my french toast casserole in a major way and knew I needed to make it, like…..as soon as possible. But that takes a little bit of planning because it works better if the bread is a dry or even left out over night. Yeah, I feel like I just don’t have the patients time lately to let delicious bread sit around and get dry. I mean, hello, I barely even have time to blog. I needed to adjust my recipe and fast because if you’ve learned anything about me it is that I don’t like to wait for my carb-loaded dishes.

    Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole
    The second reason I changed up my regular recipe is because Hunter Hann was makin’ his chili {insert chorus of Hallelujah}, and growing up as a kid, whenever he had chili at school they would serve it with cinnamon rolls. Now, I still can’t figure out if I think that’s super weird, or if I’m freakin’ jealous, but either way it must be a western Kansas thing. Plus, his sister was coming over to hang out and so I knew she would appreciate my attempts at making this casserole take on a cinnamon roll characteristic.
    Bla, bla, bla. Let’s get to the good stuff! This has an excellent brown sugar-pecan praline topping, and if that wasn’t enough, it also has a traditional cinnamon roll glaze to drizzle over it.
    Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole
          serves 6-8
    18 oz loaf cinnamon raisin bread, cut into 1 1/2 in cubes
    1 1/4 C almond milk {I use unsweetened, vanilla}
    4 large eggs
    1 T sugar
    1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
    Praline topping:
    2-3 T light butter, softened {not melted}
    1/3 C brown sugar
    1 T 100% maple syrup
    1/2 C chopped pecans
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 tsp nutmeg
    Glaze
    1/2 C powdered sugar
    1 T almond milk {I use unsweetened, vanilla}
    1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    Preheat oven to 350º and spray 9×13 dish with non-stick baking spray. Mix the milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a large bowl. Pour the chopped bread with the egg mixture and coat each piece evenly. Dump coated bread into the baking dish. {At this point, IF you aren’t going to bake it immediately, cover and refrigerate dish until ready to bake}.
    In a small bowl, mash brown sugar into softened butter with a fork. Add maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in pecans. Spread praline topping over casserole {this is easy to do with your fingers}.
    Bake, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes.
    While the dish is baking, make the cinnamon roll glaze by combining powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in a small bowl. Drizzle glaze over casserole dish.
    This would also be good served with warm maple syrup! But I didn’t think it needed it.
    Sometimes when life gets crazy and you don’t have time to blog, you just need a bit bowl of chili and three pieces a big piece of cinnamon roll french toast. I know. You don’t feel sorry for me one little bit. And that’s ok. Because there are more important things in life that making sure I get to blog every recipe that I make. Like hanging out with this little pumpkin.
    Now THAT’S the good stuff!
    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12888420339989760917 OLDLADYWITH FLARE

      YOUR BABY LOOKS LIKE THE BABY THAT’S FLOATING AROUND THE INTERNET WITH IT’S MOM SINGING TO HER. THE BABY GETS EMOTIONAL AND TEARS UP WHILE THE MOM SINGS. SO SWEET.[JUST A GRANNY]

      • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16973924525398266766 Cookin’ Cowgirl

        I totally saw that video the day you posted this comment! How sweet was that? I don’t know if it was my mommy hormones or what, but watching that video totally made me tear up! What a little sweet heart! :) Stuff like that gets me good!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14389191114283752348 Sugar Cookies to Peterbilts

      The recipe is delicious, and your baby is adorable!

      • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16973924525398266766 Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Thank you so much!! Give it a try if you get a chance. And right? We think she’s pretty dang cute! :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12695279578641688389 Jeri

      Baby kisses are sweet! Can’t wait to try this recipe on our crew.

      • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16973924525398266766 Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Yep, she melts me!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15407485126089612873 Oscar Low

      Would you recommend allowing the bread to soak up the liquid overnight?

    • Teresa Ambra

      Wow, this looks so wonderful. I’d love to try it for a holiday breakfast.

      • http://www.cookincowgirl.com/ Stephanie @ Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Thank you, Teresa!!