Overnight Pecan French Toast Recipe
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Overnight Pecan French Toast Recipe

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Whenever our family gathers for Christmas brunch, this convenient make-ahead dish is one crowd-pleaser I can count on. It's a mouthwatering cross between French toast and sticky pecan rolls-and really something to celebrate!—Larry Laatsch, Saginaw, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 8 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 8 to 10 slices French bread (3/4 inch thick)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 1249 calories, 56 g fat (25 g saturated fat), 531 mg cholesterol, 1207 mg sodium, 153 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 28 g protein.


  1. In an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish, combine the eggs, cream and vanilla. Add bread slices; soak for 5 minutes. Turn bread over; cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, syrup and pecans. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with bread. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Overnight Pecan French Toast in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2005, p17

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Reviewed Mar. 26, 2015

"Absolutely delicious! Served this for brunch when my son and some friends came to visit. They LOVED it. It was easy to prepare the night before. The french bread I got did not fit well into my baking dish....so I cubed it and simply layered the cubes into the egg mixture. It was easy to use a spatula turner to move the bread cubes on top of the sauce in the second pan. I also added a tsp of cinnamon to the topping mixture to suit our tastes. This is a keeper!!"

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"Oh so yummy. Walnuts work well too. 1/2 stick melted butter works fine!"

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2014

"This was awesome. I made it for my daughter and some of her friends home from college. They loved it. I did not have half and half so I substituted French Vanilla creamer and cut the vanilla flavoring in 1/2. Delicious!!"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"This is some really wonderful stuff! Well worth the calories, although I did use whole milk in place of the cream. Next time I make this, I'm going to try it with cinnamon swirl bread!!"

Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"Got great reviews at a breakfast for dinner party. Used regular syrup instead of maple. Mine didn't come out overwhelmingly sweet as others have said and this may be why."

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