Caramel-Pecan French Toast Bake Recipe
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Caramel-Pecan French Toast Bake Recipe

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For a sensational dish for a Sunday brunch try is French toast. You make it up the night before, so you only need to bake it and make the syrup the following day.—Brad Shue, Harper, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chlling Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chlling Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 8 slices French bread (3/4 inch thick)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 559 calories, 33 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 207 mg cholesterol, 398 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 9 g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until thickened. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup pecans; top with bread slices.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and salt; pour evenly over bread. Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with French toast. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Caramel-Pecan French Toast Bake in Taste of Home Winning Recipes 3 2012, p83

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Reviewed May. 11, 2014

"We loved this!! Looked just like the picture, and it was sweet and gooey. The sauce that you make needs to be served with it immediately or it ends up like a chewy candy, but the sauce that bakes in the bottom is like a syrup and tastes wonderful!! This goes in my husband's favorites."

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

"Everyone enjoyed - but I just think there are better recipes out there"

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