How I love three day weekends! Another morning for me to make my family a warm and delicious breakfast. Today's mission,I decided change things up from a traditional grilled french toast and try my hand experimenting with a baked french toast casserole. I will definitely make this again and may try changing things up with it too.
Here's what you'll need:
Baked French Toast Casserole
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup sugar
9 slices Italian bread
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
3 Tbsp light corn syrup
After cracking open your eggs, add cinnamon, and nutmeg to your eggs. Whisk to combine.
Add milk and heavy cream to your egg mixture. Whisk to combine.
Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray. Place bread in two layers in casserole dish, breaking up the extra piece to fill in the holes.
Pour egg mixture over bread, making sure each piece of bread is moistened. Refrigerate overnight if possible. If making the same day, let stand at least 10 minutes to allow bread to absorb liquids. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
While casserole is baking, it's time to make our praline topping. Begin adding the cinnamon, nutmeg, corn syrup and brown sugar to the soften butter. Mix together until combined.
Roughly chop pecans then fold into butter mixture.
After the first 30 minutes of baking the casserole, remove from oven and spread praline mixture over top the bread. Return to oven and bake an additional 30 minutes for a soft texture. If you like a more firm texture, add 15 minutes for a total baking time of 1 hour 15 minutes.
You will notice your casserole has puffed up some when you remove it from the oven.
Drizzle with maple syrup and serve.