- 1 loaf of French bread
- 8 large eggs
- 2 1/2 cups of half and half
- 1/2 cup of maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/8 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg, divided
- 1 ring of smoked sausage
- 3 tablespoons of sugar, divided
Cut (or tear) French bread and sausage into bite sized pieces – approximately 1 inch. Mix together and place in a buttered 13X9 pan. Whisk the eggs together with the half and half and syrup. Add salt, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. Whisk until well incorporated, then pour mixture over the bread and sausage pieces, making sure all of the bread is soaked. You may have to use a spoon or your fingers to make sure the bread is well saturated with the egg mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and put in the refrigerator overnight.
When you’re ready to bake it, preheat the oven to 350°. Mix together the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Sprinkle over the top, and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, uncovered. Serve with maple syrup, or just the way it is.