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French Toast Casserole

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French Toast Casserole
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 8 hr 50 min
  • Servings 8

Prepared the night before, our French Toast Casserole is topped with maple syrup, cinnamon and pecans for a good-morning wake-up call.

Stephanie Wise
Updated November 1, 2011

Ingredients

Casserole

  • 1
    loaf challah or French bread (1 lb), cut into 1-inch slices
  • 8
    eggs
  • 2
    cups whole, low-fat (2%) or soy milk
  • 1
    cup half-and-half
  • 4
    teaspoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2
    teaspoon salt
  • 1/4
    teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4
    teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla

Topping

  • 2
    tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 3
    tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2
    teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2
    cup chopped pecans
  • Maple-flavored or real maple syrup, if desired

Steps

  • 1
    Butter bottom only of 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Place bread slices in 2 rows, overlapping each other on an angle, in baking dish.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat eggs, milk, half-and-half, brown sugar, salt, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, the nutmeg and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Carefully pour mixture over slices, making sure each slice is completely coated. Cover baking dish with foil or plastic wrap; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  • 3
    At serving time, heat oven to 350°F. Uncover baking dish; sprinkle butter, granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and the pecans over bread.
  • 4
    Bake 40 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with maple syrup.

  • Got a serious sweet tooth? Add a few tablespoons of chocolate chips and shredded coconut to the toppings for extra decadence.
  • Powdered sugar can be substituted for the maple syrup as a topping.

No nutrition information available for this recipe

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