Let’s talk about breakfast food, shall we? I absolutely love it! Breakfast all day every day? Yes, please and thank you. Okay, that might get old after awhile, but you know what I mean. If you like the breakfast foods of eggs, pancakes, bacon, cream of wheat, oatmeal, etc. — this French Toast Bake is a new all-time favorite.
Are you familiar with Penzey’s? A fantastic store that sells spices, herbs, and seasonings. Their pasta sprinkle is awesome sauce… as I digress. This french toast bake recipe was spotted in one of their catalogs. Mmmmm!
I made it for the first time over the holidays. Normally, it’s eggs, toast and bacon on Christmas morning. Since I hosted this past year, it seemed like a good time to try this casserole. Oh my glory! What a delicious recipe, and better yet, everyone loved it. I hope you can say the same.
Breakfast is served…
French Toast Bake
- 1 loaf French Bread 1/2 inch thick and allowed to dry out
- 8 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups half & half
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
Grease a 9x13 casserole dish. Layer the dried bread in the bottom of the dish.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, half & half, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well. Pour over the bread.
Pat plastic wrap over the bread and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Place a couple of small appetizer plates on top of the plastic wrap to keep the bread submerged, if necessary.
Preheat oven to 350. Place a piece of foil on the rack to catch any potential dripping. Remove the french toast from the refrigerator.
In a medium bowl, combine the butter, maple syrup, brown sugar and chopped pecans. Mix until crumbly.
Spoon the topping evenly over the French toast. Bake at 350 for about 1 hour or until puffed and golden. Cool for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with additional maple syrup, optional.
French Toast Bake
So, when do you think you’ll be making this French Toast Bake? This weekend for Sunday brunch? Pssst, don’t forget the Orange Juice!