This is a fun recipe and what I really like about it is that its easy and you can make it and leave it in your refrigerator overnight and bake it the next day.
Start with a 9X13 pan and spray well with non-stick cooking spray.
Cut a loaf of french bread into 1 inch slices and line the bottom of the pan, scrunch them in if you have to.
Mix together well:
8 large eggs
3 cups of milk
1 TBSP of vanilla
4 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Pour over the bread and make sure that it soaks into all the pieces. Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 4 or up to 36 hours.
When you are ready to bake:
Uncover and dot with 2 TBSP butter, cut in little pieces
Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes until bread is puffy and lightly browned. When you take it out sprinkle with a little cinnamon and powdered sugar mixture.
Let it sit for about 5 minutes and then serve. I cut mine into squares and served it with syrup.
Another variation in the liquid mixture I omit the sugar and vanilla and add 1 cup chopped ham and 1 cup grated cheese and then bake as above. This gives it a different taste, my husband loves it this way.
As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.~Joan Gussow
Avoid fruits and nuts, you are what you eat.~Jim Davis