Friday was Rick’s birthday, so I wanted to surprise him with a special brunch on Saturday morning. I was going through one of my cookbooks and thought this french toast looked so good! I had to make it, and it turned out fairly well. It didn’t taste like your traditional French toast, but it was interesting, and there was just the right amount of chocolate!
Note: You will need a large crockpot for this, big enough to fit a 2-quart baking dish inside!
6 slices day-old bread (I used homemade)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
3 cups half and half
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Generously butter a 2-quart baking dish that fits inside your crockpot. Arrange 2 slices of bread a the bottom. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup chocolate chips. Add 2 more bread slices, and top with remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips. Top with remaining 2 bread slices.
2. Beat eggs in a large bowl. Stir in half and half, sugar, vanilla and salt. Pour egg mixture over bread layers. Press bread into liquid. Set aside 10 minutes or until bread has absorbed liquid. Cover dish with buttered foil, butter-side down.
3. Pour 1 inch hot water into crockpot. Add baking dish. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove dish and let stand 10 minutes to firm up.
Top with maple syrup and enjoy!