After a vegetarian Lunar New Year day, it is tradition to eat meat and fish the next day to symbolize lucrative bounties (business). To have a non-Asian breakfast, instead of cooking french toast over the oven, I find it easier (both cleaning and assembling) to just ‘bake’ french toast. It is like a one-pot meal.
I teared up day-old bread (just whatever you have on hand) and layer the pieces in a buttered oven-friendly vessels. For the ‘bath’, beat up an egg or two, add in a splash of milk, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, some sugar, a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg (if you prefer) and also a splash of orange juice for a citrus taste. Pour the mixture into the bread to soak them the juicy goodness. You can also add in chopped fruits, nuts, or seeds. It is your dish, so be creative! Lastly, add dollops of butter on top for that extra decadence and upper layer crunch. Bake the dish in a preheated oven at 375 F for 20-30 minutes or until the top is slight browned.
Best served immediate as the baked french toast does deflate quite quickly, which defeats its aesthetic visual appeal.