French Toast Casserole with Praline Topping
1 (12 to 16 ounce) loaf French bread
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup butter, softened or slightly microwaved
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- Casserole: Cut loaf of French bread into 1-inch slices. Arrange slices in buttered
13 x 9-inch pan, cutting or breaking pieces to fit and squeezing in bits and pieces
of bread so there is barely any space between slices.
- Combine eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and
salt. Beat with whisk until blended but not bubbly. Pour evenly over bread slices,
spooning some mixture in between cracks. Chill, covered, overnight.
- The next morning, prepare Praline Topping and spread over casserole.
- Bake at
350 degrees F, uncovered, for 40 minutes, or until puffed and light brown. Serve
with maple syrup or honey.
- Praline Topping: Combine all ingredients. Spread over casserole as directed.
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