Overnight French Toast
12 (3/4-inch-thick) French, challah or brioche bread
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature
Arrange bread slices in 1 or 2 dishes with at least 1-inch sides. Beat eggs, milk, sugar, syrup, vanilla and salt in a large bowl. Pour mixture over bread. Turn bread slices to coat. Cover with plastic and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Spread butter over bottom of heavy large baking pan with 1-inch-high sides. Transfer soaked bread to buttered dish. Bake bread 10 minutes. Turn bread over and continue baking until just golden, about 10 to 12 minutes longer. Transfer cooked toast to plates and serve with warm maple syrup.