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French Toast Casserole

by Meghann on March 20, 2011

Look who followed me to Tampa!!!

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MEGANERD!!!!

Megan is a Tampa native, but was in Orlando for school and then work. She has temporarily moved back to Tampa to live with her family as she figures out the next stage in her life.

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(mental note – need to be better at removing eye liner before bed)

I was so excited that Megan moved to Tampa that I didn’t even wait a full 24 hours before hopping in the car and meeting her for a run at her new digs. πŸ™‚

We ran a loop in her neighborhood that took us back to her house in 6 miles.

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Then I bid Megan adieu and went back out for four more miles to bring me to an even 10 for the day.

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Thumbs up for finishing 10 miles before 9:00 on a Sunday morning. πŸ™‚

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Before I left to meet Megan this morning I had a crazy idea to turn yesterday’s day old whole baguette into a French Toast Casserole.

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Fun Fact: When I was in 8th grade I won the Home Economics award. My parents were very proud. πŸ™‚

One of the dishes that stood out to me in that Home Ec class was making French Toast Casserole. It was really simple. We mixed a couple of eggs, some vanilla extra, cinnamon, sugar, and milk then poured it over some stale bread and baked it for 45 minutes.

I didn’t remember the exact recipe this morning, so I improvised.

  • 1 Stale Baguette
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 T Vanilla Extract
  • 1 T Cinnamon
  • 2 T Sugar
  • 1/4 cup of Pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup Raisins

Tear the baguette in to bite size pieces and added to a medium casserole dish. Combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar, pumpkin, and raisins in a separate bowl and whisk until combined. Pour mix over the bread and put in fridge for at least two hours or overnight. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

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I prepped it before my run and called Derek on the way home to have him place the casserole in the oven. When I arrived home the delicious aroma of cinnamon and pumpkin filled the house.

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Having Derek place in the oven before I got home, gave me just enough time to shower and prep a topping before breakfast was ready.

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I created a simple topping with some fresh strawberries and a peach that I combined with blackberry jam and microwaved until everything was hot and runny. A bit of vanilla yogurt on top completed the meal. πŸ™‚

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This was a very sweet breakfast, but it was also very fun. The crusty baguette gave the dish a hearty texture that regular bread could not replicate. I enjoyed every bite. πŸ™‚

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Sunday is a fun day. Fun as in we’re hanging shelves and curtains. Probably more fun to me than Derek, but it’s still fun. πŸ˜‰

1 michelle March 20, 2011 at 11:05 am

10 miles before 9? awesome job. Breakfast looks yummy as always. Have a great Sunday / Funday πŸ™‚
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2 Freya March 20, 2011 at 11:10 am

You are so badass with your 10 before 9 :p impressive!!
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3 Brittney March 20, 2011 at 11:14 am

10 miles before 9? I seriously wish I had half the motivation that you do lol.
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4 Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food March 20, 2011 at 11:19 am

That casserole looks amazing! What an awesome idea!
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5 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

Oooh this looks fabulous! Sounds like a great way to start the morning.
PS – I woke up with a similar eyeliner look this morning too. Hawwwt stuff! πŸ™‚
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6 rachel March 20, 2011 at 11:25 am

10 miles?!!? 10 whole miles?!?!?! I ran 3.5 km at the gym yesterday. it took me 25 minutes and I swear I nearly died on that treadmill.

7 Meghann March 20, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I’m training for a half marathon. 10 mile runs come with the territory. πŸ™‚

8 Tessa @ Amazing Asset March 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

Hi, I’m a long time reader, but first time poster πŸ™‚
Anyway, nice job accomplishing that long run already, now you have the rest of the day to enjoy!
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9 Meghann March 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Thanks!

10 jen @ taste life March 20, 2011 at 11:46 am

That looks extremely delicious.
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11 Ashley March 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

Oooh that looks good! Great run, I’m jealous, I wish I could run 10 miles.
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12 Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] March 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Looks like a yummy creation πŸ™‚
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13 Faith @ lovelyascharged March 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm

That casserole looks ballin! And super simple too!

14 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) March 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Great job on the run! I love getting my workouts out of the way early in the morning! It leaves the rest of the day open to do things like hang curtains πŸ˜‰
Home decorating is fun, hehe πŸ˜€

15 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate March 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm

That looks extremely good!
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16 Lauren March 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Awww, how cool that Megan is in Tampa. Even more friends to play with! πŸ™‚
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17 Anne Marie March 20, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Your casserole looks delicious!! Is there anything that can be substituted for the pumpkin?? I breezed through mine back in October.
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18 Meghann March 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

You can leave the pumpkin out, it was a last minute add because I had some in the fridge I needed to use up. πŸ™‚

19 Khushboo March 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Awesome breakfast! Looks delicious & great job on ur run! I kinda cowarded out of mine this AM due to ridiculously high temps
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20 Mac March 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Nice creation! Gotta love Sunday Funday!
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21 rebecca lustig March 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm

mmmm, looks like bread pudding!

22 Runeatrepeat March 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Take off make-up with baby oil, I swear by that – and you know I wear a TON.
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23 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I love french toast casserole!

And there is nothing better than finishing a long run or a great workout early in the morning — now you have the rest of the day to do what you want!
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24 stephanie March 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm

thought about your need for the table int he entry way…

at my oldplace I used a piece of furniture intended for kitchen use. It was like a counter top extension-super simple-ikea…kind of like this
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80035920

and i think yo could leave out the bottom part when you assemble it and also not add the wheels. I got one off of craigslist for $40.
kitchen carts or microwave carts might serve your purpose well though.

25 Meghann March 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm

THanks Stephanie! I appreciate the help.

26 Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East March 20, 2011 at 2:18 pm

That casserole looks amazing! Especially the toppings! YUM!!!
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27 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I love having breakfast ready after a run! It’s such a good feeling to have instant gratification sometimes πŸ™‚
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28 Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm

YUM there is something so comforting about french toast, and this recipe sounds super easy! also way to go on the long run on a sunday morning! i’m impressed!
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29 Ali @ Ali Runs March 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

That’s awesome that Megan moved to Tampa and lives so close again! The casserole looks delicious!
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30 Emily @ Savory and Savage March 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

The toppings on the casserole look delicious!
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31 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Yum, French toast casserole sounds so good! I bet my hubs would love.

I have that exact same star plate with a matching bowl — from Kohl’s! πŸ™‚
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32 Meghann March 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Gotta love Kohl’s!

33 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm

nice job on the run!! that casserole looks fab, btw πŸ™‚

34 Sana March 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I was just waking up at 9am! You are baller!
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35 Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm

YAY FOR MORNING runs with friends πŸ™‚
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36 Kacy March 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm

That’s so fun that you guys are in the same city again!
Good job on the 10-miler. I LOVE french toast casserole. Sounds delish.

37 [SMASH] March 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Yum, nice recipe! So nice to have your friend there. πŸ™‚
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38 Alaina March 20, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I love the twist on french toast! Looks delicious.

Way to bust out 10 miles early in the morning! πŸ™‚
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39 jo March 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm

excessive exercise?

40 Hilary March 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Kudos to you for using up leftovers….looks like a tasty breakfast and great for a Sunday!
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41 Katherine March 22, 2011 at 11:31 am

uh, she’s training for a 1/2 marathon

42 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I love French toast casserole! It’s one of my favorite special breakfasts.
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43 Karolina March 21, 2011 at 1:21 am

Wow!! This looks amazing and simple tO do! Thanks for sharing:)
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44 Chloe @ 321delish March 21, 2011 at 9:51 am

when is your next big race? 10 miles before 9 am is pretty awesome! especially when it ends with a breakfast like yours!
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45 Meghann March 21, 2011 at 9:59 am

I’m doing the Irongirl Half Marathon in Clearwater on April 11th

46 Allie March 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Seems like you’ve had a great morning. That breakfast looks so good and easy to make.

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