Baked Pecan French Toast

"The chore of making French toast on a weekday morning is standing over the stove when you're short on time. By assembling breakfast the night before, then letting the French toast bake instead of fry, you've got more time to get organized for the new day."
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Ready In:
4-6 servings.




  • Place the eggs, milk, sugar, nutmeg or cinnamon and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Mist the bottom of a 12 by 8-inch glass casserole with vegetable oil spray or brush with melted butter.
  • Place the bread slices in a single layer in the pan.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the bread, distributing it evenly.
  • Turn the bread slices once.
  • Cover the pan with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  • The next morning, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Remove the pan from the refrigerator and remove the plastic wrap.
  • Sprinkle the bread slices with pecans and drizzle with melted butter.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until bread slices puff up and pecans are deep brown but not burned.
  • Serve warm with maple syrup.
  • Instead of a cup of milk, use 2/3 cup orange juice and 1/3 cup of the milk.
  • You can vary this further by adding a little grated orange zest with the pecans before baking.

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  1. jdoe1223
    This was simple to put together the night before and even more simple to put in the oven the next morning. I used both the nutmeg and the cinnamon and it gave it a tasty, eggnog-ish flavor. The pecans get toasted in the oven and add a bit of specialness to it. All in all, it's a keeper that I'll use again.
  2. hungry hokie
    This was delicious. I sliced the bread and let it dry out a bit for a few hours by setting on a wire rack before assembling. Got rave reviews from my brunch guests. Will certainly be keeping this recipe handy.
  3. KellyMac6
    I made this as breakfast in bed for my BF for Valentine's Day. It was very good french toast. I used both the cinnamon and nutmeg and we liked it that way. Next time I would add the chopped pecans to the egg mixture so that they stick to the french toast better. Thank you!
  4. Sisty Gin
    Oh, yum! Perfect on Valentine's Day morning! I didn't have any problem with the French toast sticking. Just spray the bottom generously. Very easy to put together!
  5. Luckeydevil
    This was so easy to to. I really liked the fact that you prepare it the night before, which only takes 5 min! I used the big french loaf not the bagette so it only made 7 pieces but you need once piece!Good and fillinf!! I did increase the melted butter to 3 tablespoons and it made the pecans nice and buttery & toasted! This is a definite keeper!! Thank-you for sharing this wonderful recipe


  1. Motivated Mama
    I thought this was great. Quick and easy. I used a very hearty whole wheat loaf and used applesauce instead of sugar with a little agave syrup. I put it together the night before but didn't bake it until the next night. (I love breakfast for dinner) :) I used a canola oil spray and did not have any trouble with sticking. We topped it with a home made berry flax topping and paired it with sauteed sweet potatoes and a fruit salad. Thanks for posting!



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