For almost 20 years we have started New Year’s Day the same way –  going out for breakfast with my parents at one of our favorite local restaurants.

As you know, I truly love our family traditions – and this one is no exception. But I just wasn’t “feeling it” this year.

We had spent the previous week cramming at least a month’s worth of activities into a few fun (but hectic) days. Chelsea was leaving for Paris the next day. And all I wanted to do was STAY IN. Even if it meant more cooking.

So I took a quick survey and (surprise!) no one else seemed to mind staying home and having me cook – so I decided to (gasp!) break with tradition and see what happened. Chelsea had sent me the link to this french toast recipe many months ago and I had been waiting for just the right occasion to make it. I immediately knew that this would be the main course, and I built the rest of the meal around it.

cinnamon streusel french toast

It was a huge success and I’m sure I will be rolling this menu out all winter long. I think you will too, because:

1. Almost all of the prep can be done the day before (and the day-of work is minimal and easy).

2. There’s bacon.

3. It incorporates a fruit salad that is actually good.

4. It makes enough to easily serve a crowd.

5. There’s bacon.

6. It’s kid-friendly.

7. It’s elegant enough for “company” but homey and simple enough to make any old time.

cinnamon streusel french toast

Oh – and did I mention there’s bacon?

What a lovely morning. Instead of racing out in the cold to beat the crowds on New Year’s Day, I put up a big pot of coffee, did the few minor steps needed to complete all of the work I had done the day prior, and relaxed and enjoyed a (relatively) lazy day – the first of the year. For a larger group I might round out the meal with a bowl of chilled and peeled hard boiled eggs and a pitcher of mimosas.

This is serious delicious people – like french toast “cake” with streusel on top (are you dying yet?). This would be worth twice the effort but wins my heart for how insanely easy it was to pull together.

cinnamon streusel french toast

I’ll post the fruit salad soon! Here it is!

Cinnamon Streusel French Toast
adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod

1 loaf French bread (I used a  skinny-ish baguette here and it was fine – I might go for a slightly heftier size next time, and imagine that sourdough would be delicious too!)
8 large eggs, beaten slightly
2 c. whole milk
½ c. heavy cream
¾ c. (150 g.) granulated sugar
2 T. vanilla extract

Streusel Topping:
½ c. flour (67 g.)
½ c. brown sugar (50 g.)
1 t. cinnamon
¼ t. salt
1/2 c. cold butter, cut into small pieces

Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Cut bread into cubes, and evenly place in the pan.

In a large bowl, mix together the beaten eggs, milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla. Pour evenly over bread. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight.

In a separate bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, work the butter into the flour mixture till it resembles sand (you’ll have a few pea-sized pieces; that’s okay). Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight.

The next day, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle streusel evenly over the top of the bread mixture. Bake uncovered for 45-55 minutes, or until the french toast is set and golden brown.

Serve immediately with maple syrup.

(print this recipe)

This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver


  1. Christi Wampler on January 15, 2012 at 9:51 am

    That looks AMAZING. I am so saving this!

    • sheri silver on January 15, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Thanks Christi – it’s even better than it looks! 🙂

  2. Hotly Spiced on January 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    What a wonderful New Year’s Day breakfast. I can just imagine how much everyone in your family enjoyed it. What decadent looking French toast. And who doesn’t love bacon and yours looks like it’s a good quality bacon and cooked just how I like it – crisp and crunchy!

    • sheri silver on January 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      Thanks so much – I’ve got an appreciative crowd for sure!

  3. Leslie on January 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    This looks so delicious it makes me want to have a brunch party just so I can serve it.

    • sheri silver on January 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      Thank you! That’s just what I was hoping for!

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