French Toast Casserole


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Serves 6-8 | Prep Time | Cook Time 40 Minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

I've been using this recipe in my kitchen for 2 years now. It's such an easy throw together the night before, and so sinful in the morning! I make this if I'm ever hosting a Brunch or surprising the folks at work in the morning too! It was so funny that today it was featured on the foodnetwork website, because I made this for this morning's Easter Breakfast!


Ingredients You'll Need

1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
8 large eggs
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash salt
Praline Topping, recipe follows
Maple syrup




Praline Topping:
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well. Makes enough for Baked French Toast Casserole.


Directions

Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.


The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup.


Questions, Comments & Reviews


Good French Toast Casserole

I have served this casserole to many groups and it has been a big hit. I am always asked for the recipe. Thanks, it is so good! evnshort


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