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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

French Toast Casserole! By Popular Demand...

Thanks, Courtney, for turning my family on to this super-great breakfast.

Here's the recipe, per the requests that I got:

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
Dash salt
Praline Topping, recipe follows
Maple syrup
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:
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
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
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well. Makes enough for Baked French Toast Casserole.

It's a Paula Deen recipe. I credit Courtney, but Paula Deen came up with it... Courtney introduced me to it!



At 7:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So thats just a fancy version of bread and butter pudding! I've never tried bread and butter pudding because I've never understood how bread and butter can be a pudding! But I would love to try your recipe because I love French toast!

At 6:34 PM , Anonymous misguided mommy said...

you can mail me some of that right? I'll start watching the mail box now


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