Hello, my name is Sarah and I am addicted to overnight French toast. But I want you to know that I’ve made an important breakthrough in my overnight French toast addiction — I’ve stepped beyond the confines of my very favorite Overnight Creme Brulee French Toast. (Note to my family — don’t worry, I won’t stop making the other version! But variety is good too!)
This recipe has been in my head for a few years now. Every since I discovered that you can buy dulce de leche in a can, I wanted to try using that as the base layer of overnight French toast. But my family has a fierce devotion to the other recipe, so it took me awhile to get around to actually creating it. But once I did? Well … this version has a lot going for it.
This starts with a layer of sweet, creamy dulce de leche — which you can buy at some grocery stores or online. It’s in the baking aisle near the sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk. What I love about it is that it’s so easy to work with. Just open the can, spread it in the pan and you’re done. Simple as can be.
Then you press slices of French bread into the dulce de leche, fitting as many as you can into the square baking dish. Pour over the vanilla scented egg mixture and then let it sit overnight. The bread will suck up some of that egg mixture, making it super tender as it bakes.
When you finally bake it the next day, the dulce de leche bubbles around the French toast, literally surrounding it with sweet, creamy, caramel-y goodness. It’s heavenly — especially when you flip the pieces out onto plates with that dulce de leche layer on top. How could you say no?
This is a perfect French toast bake for holidays or special occasions. It’s so simple and easy. And the crowd? They’ll totally go wild for this one.