loaf (9 slices) artisan French bread (the kind that has a hard crusty outside)
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan with butter.
Slice French bread into thick 1 inch slices (you only need 9). Lay the bread on a baking sheet and bake for 6 minutes on each side to dry out the bread.
In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Beat in the eggs, half-and-half, and vanilla.
Dip each slice of bread in the mixture and then arrange staggered in pan like shingles. Pour the remaining mixture into the pan. Cover the pan with a lid or plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight (at least 6 hours).
+ 2 tablespoons sweetened coconut flakes (divided)