I (Britt) am a wino so you know I had to do a boozy brunch… check out this SUPER EASY Ice Wine French Toast Bake. Make this the night before and just pop it in the oven an hour before you are ready to eat. Wow your brunch guests with this show stopping dish!

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PRO Tip: Use Brioche bread. Seriously do not go with a regular french bread for this recipe. Brioche is a sweet and rich french bread that is basically begging to be made into french toast. I used the Presidents Choice Brioche Bread, it is my fav!


Yield/ Serves: 6-8


Ingredients:

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 loaf (400g) Brioche Bread, Sliced
  • 8 eggs, whisked
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup ice wine
  • 1/2 cup milk (or milk substitute)
  • Garnish: lemon zest, fresh fruit, icing sugar

Brown Sugar Sprinkle:

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3-4 tbsp brown sugar

Ice Wine Syrup (to drizzle overtop):

  • 1/4 cup ice wine
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Spray a large casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Slice Brioche bread slices diagonally and arrange in casserole dish, overlapping slightly.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, ice wine and milk. Mix just until combined. Carefully pour egg mixture over the arranged bread, being sure to coat the bread as evenly as possible.

4. In another small bowl, combine remaining cinnamon and brown sugar. Gently sprinkle the mixture over the egg soaked bread slices.

5. Cover the casserole dish tightly with plastic wrap and place in fridge. Allow it to sit for a minimum 4 hours (or overnight) to allow bread to soak up all the moisture and flavour.

6. In the meantime, mix 1/4 cup ice wine and 3/4 cup maple syrup together in a bowl, just until combined. Transfer to a pourable glass or container. Place in fridge until ready to use.

7. When ready to bake… preheat your oven to 350F (convection bake is best). Remove the plastic wrap from the casserole dish and cover tightly with tin foil. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the casserole dish from oven and remove foil. Return dish to oven and bake without foil for an additional 15 minutes to allow the top to crisp up.

8. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before garnishing with lemon zest, fresh fruit, icing sugar and ice wine syrup. ENJOY!


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Photos & Recipe By: Brittaney Berendsen RD, P.H.Ec.


Ice Wine FUN FACTS!

  • Icewine is made from grapes that have been allowed to fully freeze on the vine. The grapes are pressed and only the sweetest juices of the grape (which do not freeze) are extracted, which is why ice wine is much sweeter than regular wine.
  • Ice wine serving sizes are usually 1-2 fluid oz (in comparison to the usual 6-9oz glass of wine). It is best sipped slowly.
  • Canada is the worlds largest producer of ice wine.

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