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Cafe con Leche French Toast Casserole / perfect for breakfast, brunch or a potluck / easy and can be started the night before, and when you get up just turn on the oven and bake / You'll have a warm delicious breakfast in no time. / Happy Hispanic Heritage Month / #GustoNestle #CollectiveBias ad / by My Sweet Zepol / food-blog

September is Hispanic Heritage Month and I haven’t stopped thinking about all the wonderful family moments and mom’s dishes. I miss her cooking. She lives in the center of Puerto Rico, an area well known for its coffee. Most of my family either worked in coffee fields or growing some sort of produce. She enjoyed making all kinds of dishes using coffee and a key, (or secret) ingredient. One dish she made and I tweaked a little is a morning french toast casserole. My version includes instant coffee, coffee creamer, chocolate chips, and some crunchy pecans. Making it the perfect cafe con leche french toast casserole. Sounds just about perfect, don’t you think?

Cafe con Leche French Toast Casserole, drizzle with maple syrup and you'll have the perfect combination! / perfect for breakfast, brunch or a potluck / easy and can be started the night before, and when you get up just turn on the oven and bake / You'll have a warm delicious breakfast in no time. / Happy Hispanic Heritage Month / #GustoNestle #CollectiveBias ad / by My Sweet Zepol / food-blog

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Cafe con Leche French Toast Casserole
A quick "cafe con leche" french toast casserole recipe that can be assembled ahead of time and baked for breakfast, brunch or that potluck you were invited to. Topped with a delicious pecan and chocolate chips streusel and the perfect amount of sweetness. This will become your favorite go to breakfast casserole.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Streusel
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Streusel
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  3. Cube the loaf of bread and toss into the baking dish.
  4. Mix milk, eggs, vanilla extract, instant coffee, salt together and toss over the bread covering every piece of bread.
  5. At this time toss in the chocolate chips and pecans. I use my hands and push the bread down into the milk mixture to make sure every piece of bread is well soaked.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for two hours to over night.
  7. For the streusel mix light brown sugar, flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt and the cinnamon together.
  8. Cut cold butter in cubes and using a fork, (or your fingers) mix into the flour making a coarse texture. You want to end up with pea size clumps or smaller. Keep in mind, it's a crumb not a paste. Don't over mix it.
  9. Add the pecans and chocolate chips.
  10. Evenly sprinkle over the bread casserole and bake for 45-50 minutes.
  11. Note: If you notice the casserole browning too much just cover with aluminum foil.
  12. Once baked let it cool for just a couple of minutes. Serve and enjoy!
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Ingredients for a delicios overnight (or not) Cafe con Leche French Toast Casserole / perfect for breakfast, brunch or a potluck / easy and can be started the night before, and when you get up just turn on the oven and bake / You'll have a warm delicious breakfast in no time. / Happy Hispanic Heritage Month / #GustoNestle #CollectiveBias ad / by My Sweet Zepol / food-blog

For the record, anything that pairs as well with my morning cup of coffee and liquid coffee creamer is a recipe worth making over and over. I had recently snagged at Walmart some of my favorite NESTLÉ® products. Some for my morning coffee, another an after school snack for the girls and some chocolate chips that pairs well with just about anything even on their own.

Nestle celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with you and Walmart / Enjoy a delicios Cafe con Leche French Toast Casserole / perfect for breakfast, brunch or a potluck / easy and can be started the night before, and when you get up just turn on the oven and bake / You'll have a warm delicious breakfast in no time. / Happy Hispanic Heritage Month / #GustoNestle #CollectiveBias ad / by My Sweet Zepol / food-blog

If you are anything like me, or have a mom, or grandmother like my abuelita you have chocolate chips and instant coffee in your cupboard. My mom loves her instant coffee. Nothing beats creating meals with ingredients you have easy access to by having them in hands reach. My girls loves snaking on HOT POCKETS® BrandSnack Bites right after school and who wouldn’t, they are the perfect size and perfect taste. For those that like me enjoy a good offer, here’s a rebate opportunity for Stouffer’s® Frozen Meal by Ibotta, learn more about it here, enjoy!

Nestle celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with you and Walmart / Enjoy a delicios Cafe con Leche French Toast Casserole / perfect for breakfast, brunch or a potluck / easy and can be started the night before, and when you get up just turn on the oven and bake / You'll have a warm delicious breakfast in no time. / Happy Hispanic Heritage Month / #GustoNestle #CollectiveBias ad / by My Sweet Zepol / food-blog

It is always important to commemorate and teach our children about the history and culture of their heritage. My girls and I always talk about my years growing up in Puerto Rico, we travel as often as possible and their grandparents come over as well. They always bring treats and food from the island. Their stories are always our favorite, those are the things that make our heritage special. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. Happy Hispanic Heritage to all who are celebrating this month!

Enjoy a delicios Cafe con Leche French Toast Casserole / perfect for breakfast, brunch or a potluck / easy and can be started the night before, and when you get up just turn on the oven and bake / You'll have a warm delicious breakfast in no time. / Happy Hispanic Heritage Month / #GustoNestle #CollectiveBias ad / by My Sweet Zepol / food-blog

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