French Toast Casserole


Ingredients


Casserole

  • 1- 13 to 16oz loaf of French bread
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 C half-and-half
  • 1 C milk
  • 2 tbls granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Praline Topping

  • 2 sticks butter, melted
  • 1 C pecans
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 2 tbls light corn syrup
  • 1.2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Directions

  1. Slice bread into 1" thick slices (20 slices for a regular French loaf, more for a baguette). 
  2. Arrange in a sprayed 9x13" pan in 2 layers (or in an 11x7" pan in 2 layers for a baguette)
  3. Combine eggs, half-and-half, milk sugar, vanilla and spices together
  4. Pour over the bread slices in the pan, covering evenly
  5. Cover pan and refrigerate overnight
  6. The next morning: preheat oven to 350F
  7. Make praline topping: combine pecans, butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and spices together, tossing to coat nuts
  8. Take casserole out of fridge, and spread topping over casserole
  9. Bake for 40 minutes (45-50 in an 11x7" pan) until puffed and lightly golden
  10. Serve with maple syrup