In the world created in this book, a company called Death-Cast calls people to tell them when their last day has arrived so they can say their goodbyes, live in the moment, and tie up any loose ends. Of course, knowing you are going to die is also horrifying, especially if you feel you haven’t lived your life to the fullest. It is this fear and regret that drives Mateo to an app called Last Friend that brings together those who are dying and enables them to find someone to enjoy their last day with. On the app he finds Rufus, who also received a call from Death-Cast. The book follows their last day together as they eat food, walk around town, visit friends and family and try to create lasting memories.
They are reluctant to waste too much time eating, but one stop they make is to a favorite diner for some comfort food. In honor of Rufus’ love of French toast, I made a Challah French Toast Casserole.
Challah French Toast Casserole
- ½ loaf Challah Bread regular or gluten-free
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 ½ cups fresh berries plus more for garnish
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- Syrup for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a small baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Slice Challah into 1-inch thick slices.
Layer bread slices into pan with berries in between slices.
Whisk together eggs and half & half.
Pour egg mixture over bread, moving the slices slightly to ensure the egg mixture gets in between each slice.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until slices have turned golden in color and until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Garnish with additional berries and dust with powdered sugar. Serve with warm syrup, if desired.