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
- 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
- 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.
- 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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