Overnight French Toast

12 (3/4” thick) slices French bread
6 eggs
1 1/4 c. milk
1/4 c. half-and-half
1/4 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
Confectioners’ sugar
Fresh fruit
Maple syrup for topping

Arrange bread in buttered 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish. In large bowl beat eggs, milk, half-and-half, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt. Pour over bread. Refrigerate, covered, overnight. Turn slices once or twice to be sure they’re evenly coated with egg mixture. In the morning bake in preheated 400° oven for 15 minutes. Turn over and bake for 20 minutes more or until golden brown. Pop under broiler to brown, if desired. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. Serve with fruit or maple syrup. Six servings.

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