Paula Dean's Baked French Toast Casserole
photo by Carina S.
- Ready In:
- 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
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 dash salt
- 1⁄2 lb butter, softened at room temperature
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each. 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.
- Combine all ingredients for the Praline Topping in a medium bowl and blend well. Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden.
- Serve with maple syrup.
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Absolutely delicious! I made it for Christmas morning and it was a HUGE hit with everyone. Very easy to make the night before. I did not add the pecans because nobody in the family likes pecans, but I did everything else as instructed. Still delicious. I didn't eat my serving with syrup and it was great. Other people did and said I should try it, but by that time, I was full.