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Halloween, as soon as once more, falls on a faculty day this 12 months. I can bear in mind the frustration I felt going to highschool after I ought to’ve been planning my night’s candy-gathering route, so I’ve taken to easing my kiddos disappointment by shocking them with a particular recipe to kick-start their spooky day.
Chocolate Milk was my beverage of alternative as a toddler, and French toast (additionally a favourite) was the breakfast I’d solely get on particular events.
So this 12 months I’m combining the 2 into this Gradual Cooker Chocolate Milk French Toast: semi-sweet chocolate with plump cubes of challah bread, which have soaked in a single day in a wealthy chocolate milk-based custard. Halloween or not, who wouldn’t be thrilled to get up to this?
What’s the “finest” bread for French toast?
Use any high-quality, enriched bread you’ll find (and afford) — one that’s made with each eggs and butter. This kind of bread has a density that holds up higher when soaked, so it’s a transparent alternative right here.
The flavour of a bread like challah, with its buttery undertones, combines with velvetiness from the chocolate milk custard exceptionally nicely. Different enriched breads like brioche or candy Hawaiian bread could be nice substitutes as nicely.
I are inclined to draw back from utilizing lean French/Italian breads if I can. They’re extra prone to sogginess even after toasting.
How lengthy does it take to cook dinner?
Gradual cookers are a present for busy households, particularly when faculty is in session. Living proof: this casserole solely wants 2 1/2 hours (on excessive) to completely cook dinner after its in a single day soak.
My most popular schedule when making this dish is to prep every thing the day earlier than I intend to serve it, then I toast the bread cubes within the early night. Simply earlier than heading off to mattress, I put the bread cubes into the gradual cooker’s ceramic insert, combine up the chocolate milk custard, then put the coated dish into the fridge.
Within the morning, after letting the insert heat a bit of on the countertop (to maintain it from shattering when it’s heated), I pop it into the gradual cooker and go away it to do its factor.
Methods to serve the Chocolate Milk French Toast Casserole
Brace your self.
This casserole wants completely no toppings. Stunning, I do know, however it can save you the maple syrup and powdered sugar for one thing else; this doesn’t want a hype-man. Among the many gentle sweetness of each the challah and the chocolate milk, the added semi-sweet chocolate chunks make this dish candy sufficient to take pleasure in solo, and even higher, take pleasure in with a glass of actual milk!
Reheating the leftovers
Leftovers — if in case you have any — style simply pretty much as good reheated within the microwave for a couple of minute and a half.
Not solely is that this casserole simple to assemble and cook dinner, it’s freezer-friendly, too! Let the leftovers cool fully earlier than transferring them to a freezer-safe container and freeze for as much as two months. While you’re able to eat it, simply permit it to thaw and reheat it within the microwave or a 350°F oven till warmed by!