To be quite honest, my dad's not much of a cook, but that which he does make he does with great enthusiasm (and to delectable effect). Trays of meaty lasagna are at the center of his annual Super Bowl party, and Summer hasn't officially started 'til his tangy marinated chicken hits the grill, but it's his french toast, waffles, and pancakes that he is best known for in our family. Now, this recipe isn't his go-to — his is a classic stove-top affair — but I choose to take the lazy lady's route and pop mine in the oven to avoid flipping slice after slice.
Now I'm loathe to knock my dad's breakfast routine — I'll happily devour anything he cooks up given the opportunity — but this recipe is not only less labor-intensive and thus perfect for bleary-eyed mornings and group entertaining, but something truly magical happens as the sugar and butter bubble up in the oven. Tender like bread pudding in the center but with a crisp caramel-topped lid, this is, and will continue to be, my go-to recipe for the classic brunch and breakfast staple. I encourage you to follow suit.