Strawberry-Almond French Toast Casserole

Bursting with flavor, spring strawberries are the perfect fruit for brightening (and lightening) French toast. Almond milk provides a nutty-sweet custard base, which is perfumed with the eye opening aroma of fresh orange zest.

Strawberry-Almond French Toast Casserole

Yields: 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 pint strawberries, halved
  • 1 day-old baguette, thinly sliced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Buttered Honey (recipe follows)
  • Garnish: toasted sliced almonds, confectioners’ sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a 10-inch oven-proof skillet, arrange strawberries and bread slices as desired. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites, and sugar until smooth. Whisk in almond milk, 1 teaspoon zest, extracts, and salt until well combined. Pour mixture over strawberries and bread in skillet. Let stand 20 minutes.
  4. Bake until lightly browned and set, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon zest; brush with Buttered Honey. Garnish with almonds and confectioners’ sugar, if desired.
Buttered Honey
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons melted butter, 2 tablespoons honey, and ½ teaspoon vanilla until smooth
 

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