Baked French Toast Casserole with Praline Topping

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 C half-and-half
  • 1 C milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Dash salt
  • Praline Topping, below
  • Maple syrup

Directions

  1. Slice French bread into 1-inch slices.  Arrange slices in a buttered 9x13-inch baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and whisk until blended. Pour mixture over the bread, making sure all are covered evenly with the mixture, making sure to get in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
  3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Top with praline topping and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden.
  5. Serve with maple syrup.
  6. To make the praline topping, combing the following ingredients in a bowl and blend well:
    • 1 stick butter
    • 1 C packed light brown sugar
    • 1 C chopped pecans
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
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