Oven French Toast with Nut Topping Recipe
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Oven French Toast with Nut Topping Recipe

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Baked French toast makes a special morning brunch so easy! —Donna Justin, Sparta, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 loaf (12 ounces) French bread, cut in 1-inch slices
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1-1/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons dark corn syrup
  • 1-1/3 cups chopped pecans, walnuts or hickory nuts


  1. Fill a well-greased 13x9-in. baking dish with bread slices to within 1/2 in. of top; set aside.
  2. In blender, combine the eggs, milk, cream, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and mace; cover and process until blended. Pour over bread slices. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Meanwhile, combine topping ingredients. Spread over top.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until puffed and golden. (Cover with foil if top browns too quickly.) Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Oven French Toast with Nut Topping in Country Woman March/April 1989, p33

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Reviewed Mar. 21, 2016

"WAY too much liquid. The French Toast is soft and mushy. Baked it longer hoping it would firm up, but all I did was burn the topping."

Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014 Edited Jan. 20, 2015

"It is a wonderful recipe but a 9 x 13 pan is not big enough. It spilled over onto the oven and made a big, smoky mess. You need to use a deep pan as a normal 9 x 13 will spill over."

Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"I followed the recipe exactly and the french toast remained mush even after baking it for 2 hours, but the topping was very quite tasty."

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

"I have made this recipe X10 for a church function and it got rave reviews."

Reviewed May. 30, 2010

"This recipe is delicious. Who needs cinnamon rolls! My children LOVE this. I was worried that it was going to be sickly sweet. It isn't. It has become out special occassion breakfast. We like it with fruit salad and bacon or sausage. It is DELICIOUS."

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