Baked Cinnamon Raisin French Toast
Baked Cinnamon Raisin French Toast is a gourmet version of French Toast similar to what you will find at some resorts. The brioche is a heartier bread, which absorbs the egg mixture, yet holds up well without falling apart as other white breads. The extra egg mixture bakes to a custard-like texture, puffing up the slices, almost like a souffle. The result is a fluffier toast, with a lighter texture. The cinnamon and raisins add a delicious flavor.
Butter a shallow 2 to 3 quart baking dish. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the milk, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk again to combine all. Dip the brioche slices in the egg mixture. Place them in the baking dish, after dipping them, so they overlap slightly. Add some of the raisins between slices before adding the next slice. Once the slices are all dipped and placed in the baking dish, pour the remaining egg mixture over the brioche. Cover and let rest for about 30 minutes. You can make the night before, then cover and refrigerate up to overnight if you like.
Preheat oven to 325°. Bake for an hour until puffed and custard is just set in center. Bake for another 5 to 10 minutes if needed. If the French Toast is browning too fast, lightly cover with foil. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with warm maple syrup. For a nice touch, you can add a light sprinkle of cinnamon or powdered sugar.