French Toast Casserole | Instant Pot Breakfast
This French toast casserole is actually more of a bread pudding. A rich eggy custard is dumped into a cake pan and stale or older bread is allowed to soak up all the eggy goodness. It’s a simple easy brunch recipe made even better by how quickly and easily it cooks in the Instant Pot. French toast casserole is all the good things about French toast, but even richer and creamier.
Although not everyone in our family is able to eat gluten, my husband, a gluten-ivore, has fallen in love with organic par-baked sourdough loaves. The problem is that he can rarely finish one before it goes hard and stale. I got the idea to take some of his old bread and give it some new life via a French toast casserole, which is similar to bread pudding. In fact, the French term for French toast is Pain Perdu, which means lost bread. The gluten eaters in the family devour it. I like that this recipe isn’t very sweet. A touch of maple and butter can be added after cooking (just like with French toast) to control the sweetness of the dish.
What also nice is this dish could also be made with gluten free bread like Shar brand. I would toast it first and tear it into large pieces before being added to the custard. You can add fresh or frozen fruit to the casserole or enjoy it plain.
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Once the casserole is cooked you could serve and eat it immediately or you can top it with pads of butter and put it under the broiler for a few minutes to brown it a bit. This is what I usually prefer to do but it is delicious either way.