Puffy French Toast Casserole
1 loaf (8 oz.) French bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
1-1/2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed
2 cups milk
1/2 cup maple-flavored or pancake syrup
1/2 cup PLANTERS Pecan Pieces
PLACE bread cubes in greased 13x9-inch baking dish; top evenly with the cream cheese.
BEAT eggs, milk and syrup with wire whisk until well blended. Pour over ingredients in baking dish; cover. Refrigerate overnight.
PREHEAT oven to 375°F. Bake, uncovered, 35 min.; sprinkle with the pecans. Bake an additional 10 min. or until center is set. Serve with additional syrup, if desired