-1 cup brown sugar
-1/4 cup water
-10oz challah, country-style bread, or Italian bread (I used Italian because I couldn't find one of the others at the store), cut into 1" slices (watch for allergens)
-1 1/2 cups milk (I used 1%) (use soy milk for dairy free)
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 tsp cinnamon
In small saucepan melt brown sugar and water over medium low heat, stirring until smooth and melted, about 1 minute. Pour into a 9x13 sprayed baking dish.
Arrange bread slices in one layer in pan, squeezing them tightly to fit. In a large bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients and pour evenly over top of bread. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set casserole out to warm up a little while you preheat your oven. Bake uncovered in preheated oven 40 minutes.
Top with powdered sugar or syrup if desired.