It’s a Christmas Miracle.

For sure. This will become a tradtion…if only for me to enjoy.

 Now, before you make this French Toast Casserole be prepared for one thing. To go on a jog afterwards. It’s a Paula Deen recipe therefore it’s not lacking in butter and other yummy fattening ingredients. But hey, once a year isn’t too terrible. And it is very yummy.

I changed a few things about this recipe. I felt like the casserole was still too eggy at the bottom after it was baked. I would put in less egg and less half & half. I would also, next time, spread a handful of pecans throughout the bread slices before adding the praline topping. I can’t get enough of that nutty crunch with all the soft sweet bread. I reflected these changes below but you can see the original here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/baked-french-toast-casserole-with-maple-syrup-recipe2/index.html

French Toast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 loaves French bread (medium sized)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 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
  • Handful of Pecans
  • Praline Topping, recipe follows
  • Maple syrup

Directions

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. Sprinkle a handful of pecans between the bread slices. Then spread the 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.

So good.

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