Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Easy Sunday Morning Brunch

Love the rhinestone collars for wine bottles or decanters - available at  the store

My favorite champagne glasses- Palais by Bayel in France

Puffed and golden brown just out of the oven

I wanted to prepare a simple -no stress- brunch for Sunday morning. So I assembled an Overnight
Raspberry French Toast the night before that was so easy.  The next morning I took the casserole out of the refrigerator and added the crumble to the top along with the fresh raspberries and popped it in the oven.  The smell was divine as the French toast baked.  Asiago and Parmesan scrambled eggs and uncured applewood smoked bacon were leisurely prepared while  the casserole baked. As a finishing touch, I sliced fresh oranges and added raspberries with a little Grand Marnier splashed into the bowl.
A little champagne poured into a glass and breakfast was ready!  Note:  this baked French toast is light, fluffy and very good. I think you could add pecans to the crumble topping and make it  even more deelish.  Any berry could be substituted. While I sliced the challah bread into slices, I think it would have been more consistent presentation if I had diced the bread  into cubes and made French Toast bread pudding- something I will try next time! But definitely a keeper of a recipe and one that can be easily adapted. We will be joining for Tablescape Thursday.
Baked Raspberry French Toast
12 slices of bread
8 large eggs
4 T.  granulated sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
3 c. milk
2 c. fresh raspberries, cleaned
4 T.butter, softened
1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
Butter a 9 by 13 baking dish.  In the prepared dish, arrange the bread in layers, cutting in half as needed for coverage.  In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, vanilla and milk. Pour over the bread. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. 
Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.  Remove the dish from the refrigerator and sprinkle the fresh raspberries over the bread.  Combine the butter, flour and brown sugar; blend with a fork until combined.  Sprinkle over the berry layer.  Bake uncovered for 40 minutes or until puffed and brown.
Serve immediately with syrup.


savvycityfarmer said...

oh my ... what time are you serving?
I saw something very similar on P with peaches!

that stove shot 'bout took my breath away

Barefoot in Blue Jeans said...

What a pretty table setting! Don't you just love easy mornings and topping it off with a great brunch sounds devine.

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Such an elegant brunch. I would love to share in the bounty at your table.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

The Style Sisters said...

This is beautiful! I love the floral centerpiece and I am going to try that french toast recipe! Come link up to Centerpiece Wed. and enter my giveaway.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Wow! What a treat it would be to start a day at this table! Absolutely lovely!

Elegant Economies said...

Lovely! Just might use this for a brunch next week♥ New follower!

christine said...

Oh my gosh!! I'm coming for breakfast....that rhinestone collar, the champagne glasses, the flowers, the rasberry!! I'm going to try that recipe for my boys. But of course, we have to sit on your front porch!

Alycia Nichols said...

I am always so delighted when I see that you have a post on TT! You have such wonderful taste, and I always enjoy seeing what you have going on! I love that bling wine collar!!! Just my style!!! It's just the right little touch to escalate this beautiful brunch setting! Have a safe and happy holiday weekend, and I look forward to seeing your next post!

Linda said...

It looks like a table and food from an elegant expensive bed and breakfast. I'm hungry now.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How pretty -- what a lovely brunch and so elegant.

Suzy said...

What a wonderful way to start the day! I would feel like someone special dining at such a beautiful table. I can't figure out which piece I love best, however the stemware had me at hello.

Lynne said...

I adore raspberries. I am going to make this tomorrow!
This is all so beautiful! It took me awhile to exhale. You know how to dress a wine bottle for an elegant occasion!