French Toast Casserole

French Toast CasseroleWho doesn’t love french toast? Personally, it is my favorite breakfast food. My Grandpa Roger used to make it for me every morning when I was a little girl… That’s love. Luckily he only had to make enough for the two of us, but what about if you have a large family that loves french toast, or maybe you want to impress some weekend visitors who are used to having a bowl of cereal put in front of them. You will definitely satisfy both their hunger and their french toast craving with this simple and easy recipe. Plus you will have them wondering how you pulled of french toast in bulk without it getting cold and dry before it even hits the table. Keep an eye out for more breakfast casserole recipes that allow you to spend the morning enjoying your family, while still enjoying a delowcious homemade breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash salt
  • Praline Topping, recipe follows
  • Maple syrup

Praline Topping:

  • ½ pound (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

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.

Praline Topping:

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

  • Source: Paula Deen
  • Prep Time: 40min
  • Inactive Time: 8hrs
  • Cook Time: 40min
  • Total Time: 9hrs
  • Recipe Yields: 6 to 8 servings
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