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Baked French Toast

This was so easy and so tasty. Everyone loved it, and I didn't have to stand over the stove flipping bread. The bread didn't all fit in one layer in my pan, so I wound up stacking a few pieces on top of the first layer in the middle of the pan. Instead of serving the French toast by individual slices of bread, I cut it as I would a casserole. I didn't chop my pecans since I wanted to be able to easily avoid them when giving the French toast to my daughter. I added cinnamon, but who knows how much. My best guess is probably about two or three teaspoons. Almond flavoring would also be good in this, but I didn't bother with it this time around. Maybe next time... ;)


5 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup half and half
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 lb French bread, cut diagonally in 1" thickness
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1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbs maple syrup
1 cup chopped pecans

In large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cream, and vanilla. Dip bread slices into egg mixture and place in a lightly greased 9"x13" pan. Refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 350° F. In small bowl, combine butter, sugar, maple syrup, and pecans. Spoon mixture over bread. Bake until golden, about 40 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

October 10, 2009 Edited to add: I prepared this French toast last night using two day-old loaves of bread from Jimmy John's (actually, they were older than that, by a few days). I made it in a slightly larger baking dish and added an extra egg, 1/4 cup extra milk, 1/4 cup extra half and half, and pumpkin butter! Instead of dipping the pieces of bread in the custard mixture, I just poured the custard mixture right over the bread and let it soak in the fridge overnight. This method worked perfectly! There was barely any custard sitting on the bottom of the dish at all. The bread had soaked most of it up. I left out the pecans when making this, as well. I don't think they really added much to the original recipe. This is definitely the way I'll be making this from now on. It was perfect, possibly even the best French toast ever.
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Oh my gosh this sounds so good...I want some right now!

Thanks for posting this!
Of course! I love sharing recipes that are big hits here. Besides, it's the easiest way for me to archive them so I remember them. ;)
My mom makes something very similar to this, but with cream cheese. It is DEE-LISH!!
You know, I was thinking about how to add cream cheese, because I think that sounds like it would be excellent. Could you share your mother's recipe here, please? :)