Overnight Coconut-Ginger Baked French Toast {giveaway}

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When I saw this recipe for Coconut-Ginger Baked French Toast in Ree’s newest cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks – A Year of Holidays, the only thing I could think of was MOM. Oh, how she loves coconut. There were plenty of other recipes that definitely called my name, too, but I just had to give this one a try. For MOM. ;)

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Overnight Coconut-Ginger Baked French Toast - www.afarmgirlsdabbles.comI absolutely love a big dish of breakfast that can be made the evening before, placed in the fridge to get all cozy in its flavors overnight, and then baked the next morning without lifting a finger except to preheat the oven. And Ree’s coconut and ginger baked French toast did not disappoint. My family has overwhelmingly approved it.

My favorite overnight savory dish is a Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Egg Bake. It is spectacularly flavorful. Even people who don’t like eggs (our oldest daughter) or egg bakes (my husband) love this dish, and go in for seconds every single time I make it. And another recent favorite, more to the sweet side, is an Overnight Baked Apple Oatmeal with Crunchy Brown Sugar Streusel. It’s heavenly, and has won over my dad and mom.

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This overnight dish, though, deserves a whole different category. Might I suggest “dessert for breakfast”?

It is sweet and gorgeously fragrant with coconut and ginger. Crispity-crunchity on the top, and soft and eggy tender underneath, this French toast bake has everything – EVERYTHING – going for it.

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And I can even say that before I ever added a pat of softened butter and drizzled a bit of extra coconut cream yum over the top of my portion. The French toast bake surely doesn’t need this extra bit of lovin’. It’s plenty wonderful without, but I think it’s the only way to go. And I’m 100% positive that MOM, who already makes so many of Ree’s recipes, will agree with me.

I canNOT wait to make this dish for our next overnight guests. Hmmmmm…any takers for a night at the Score Hotel??

Coconut-Ginger Baked French Toast

Yield: 8 to 12 servings


    for the French toast portion:
  • 1 large artisan or crusty sourdough loaf (I used a 1 lb. loaf of sourdough)
  • butter, for greasing the casserole
  • 1 c. cream of coconut (sold alongside drink mixers in stores)
  • 1-1/2 c. whole milk
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 2 T. minced fresh ginger
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. coconut extract
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened coconut flakes (not sweetened shredded coconut)
  • for the topping:
  • 1/2 c. cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 T. finely minced candied ginger
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened coconut flakes
  • for serving:
  • softened butter
  • warm maple syrup
  • additional cream of coconut


for the French toast portion:

Cut or tear the bread into chunks, about 1" in size. Place in a 9" x 13'' buttered pan or casserole dish.

In a large bowl, combine the cream of coconut (give the can a stir to smooth it out), milk, cream, ginger, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and coconut extract. Whisk until smooth and then stir in the coconut flakes. Pour mixture over the surface of the bread.

for the topping:

In a medium bowl, combine the butter, flour, brown sugar, ground ginger, and salt. Cut it together until it's crumbly and combined, then stir in the candied ginger and coconut flakes. Sprinkle topping evenly over the soaked bread, then cover the dish with foil and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

When you're ready to bake the French toast, preheat oven to 350°. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour for a softer casserole, or a little longer for a firmer French toast with a crisper topping. When the French toast is done, drizzle a bit of the remaining cream of coconut over the top, if desired. Cool for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with softened butter and warm maple syrup or additional cream of coconut.



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Win 1 of 3 signed copies of The Pioneer Woman Cooks – A Year of Holidays!

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Isn’t Ree’s latest book just so pretty?! It begs you to hold it, to page through it, and to step into her family’s life through a year of holidays on the ranch. It’s so much more than a cookbook. Filled with heartwarming and witty and often laughable stories, plus awesome ranch photos and enticing recipes, I’m certain this book is going to get alot of use around here.

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I met Ree for the first time about a year ago, with our daughters, at a book signing at Mall Of America. Ree was so warm and lovely to Hatti & Tessa – she really made a lasting impression on their young minds. That experience still plays a big part in their wanting to watch Ree’s show on Food Network, and they especially enjoy when we make one of her recipes.

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Tessa, our youngest, is crazy for animals. Especially horses. And Ree’s cookbooks are always the ones I’ll find missing from the shelves when she is needing a horse fix…

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 …or a Charlie fix. She thinks that dog is cute and funny and adorable, and always loves when he makes an appearance on Ree’s Food Network show.

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I had to laugh when I got to the Acknowledgements in the back. To the paragraph where Ree thanks almost a dozen bands/singers from the 80′s for being with her during the cookbook writing process. Ree’s good like that, always keeping it real. Always making you smile. And I can totally relate…sometimes a little “Sweet Child ‘o Mine”, cranked a little too loud, is the only way to get the job done.

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The Pioneer Woman Cooks – A Year of Holidays is a wonderful book that I hope finds its way under many a Christmas tree this year. It’s filled with scrumptious recipes to make any celebration a special and delicious one.

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Giveaway rules: This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and older. Three winners will be chosen at random and then notified by email. Each winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize, or another winner will be selected. A farmgirl’s dabbles and The Pioneer Woman are not responsible for lost or undelivered emails.
Disclosure: Thank you, Ree, for sending me a copy of “The Pioneer Woman Cooks – A Year of Holidays”, and for providing the copies for this giveaway. All opinions are my own.



1,051 Responses to “Overnight Coconut-Ginger Baked French Toast {giveaway}”

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    Tammy — November 5, 2013 at 12:24 am

    The 4th of July is my favorite holiday.

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    Karie — November 5, 2013 at 12:35 am


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    Cherise S — November 5, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Thanksgiving is family friends wonderful food and love.

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    Sandra Hulsey — November 5, 2013 at 7:32 am

    I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!!! The decor and the food but especially being with the ones I LOVE!!! :)

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    Becky H — November 5, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I love Christmas!! The best is being surrounded by the warmth and love of family & friends.

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    Alesha — November 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I love Christmas and the whole month leading up to it!!

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    Shirley P — November 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    New Years Day, a time for new beginings.

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    gina — November 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because I love spending time with family and eating great food!

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    Kerry — November 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm


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    Mahdi — November 5, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. You get all the fun and family visiting without all the buying of stuff, just good food and family.

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    Jessica Allen — November 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm


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    Jessica Allen — November 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm


  13. #
    Jessica Allen — November 5, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    moms birthday

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    Jessica Allen — November 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    dads birthday

  15. #
    Jessica Allen — November 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    chinese new year

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    Jessica Allen — November 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    parents anvisary

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    Jessica Allen — November 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm


  18. #
    Mallorie C — November 5, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Christmas and my birthday, on the same day!

  19. #
    Jessica Sheets — November 5, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I adore Thanksgiving!

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    Julia — November 5, 2013 at 9:07 pm


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    JenniferB — November 6, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Favorite would be Christmas

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    rachel cathey — November 6, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Christmas is my favorite holiday, even though I work retail! I love the colors, foods, treats, time with friends and family, and most important seeing my 2 daughters get excited over Santa and presents! I love to cook and bake so I tend to go a little crazy this time of year!

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    Wendy — November 6, 2013 at 7:40 am

    This sounds delicious!!

    My favourite holiday is Christmas!

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    Tennille Perry — November 6, 2013 at 9:12 am


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    Kristin — November 6, 2013 at 11:29 am


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    emily smith — November 6, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Christmas, spending time with my family

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    Samantha Lee — November 6, 2013 at 12:19 pm


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    Sol S. — November 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm


  29. #
    Julie Ramsey — November 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Thanksgiving! :)

  30. #
    Debi Booth — November 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Thanksgiving…Gathering with family and
    friends. Good food and lots of warm feelings! =)

  31. #
    Minnesota Prairie Roots — November 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Christmas. ..love being with family and celebrating Christ’s birth.

  32. #
    Bethany — November 6, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Christmas is my favorite, by far! The food, the family, the gifts, the traditions!

  33. #
    Theresa Minchew — November 6, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Christmas love Easter too thanks for the give away.

  34. #
    Valinda — November 6, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Easter! I love the new life of spring…

  35. #
    Rhonda — November 7, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Christmas! Ho Ho Ho! ;)

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    Marie — November 7, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I’ve been a follower of Ree’s since before her first book. Have all her books except the new one.

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    Rachel F. — November 7, 2013 at 8:31 am


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    Amber Crozier — November 7, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Christmas Day surrounded by family is my favorite hoilday time! Homemade foods and the fireplace going on is wonderful. Icing on the cake is when it snows on christmas day!

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    Melanie Manning — November 7, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Favorite Holiday is Easter!

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    Mary-Clay @ Cooking with the King — November 7, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Christmas is my favorite holiday, followed closely by Easter!

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    Shawna — November 7, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Halloween! I love the fun decorations and foods that you can come up with to fit the occasion!

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    Sarah Beggs — November 7, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    My favorite holiday is Christmas!

  43. #
    April — November 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Thanksgiving and Christmas! Hard to pick just one.

  44. #
    Karen E. — November 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I love Thanksgiving. Family, food, and no rush!

  45. #
    lisa — November 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    4th of July

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    Karen F — November 12, 2013 at 8:50 pm


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