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Overnight Pecan French Toast

 Overnight Pecan French Toast
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
4 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 8 Eggland's Best 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

Directions

  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 1,249 calories, 56 g fat (25 g saturated fat), 531 mg cholesterol, 1,207 mg sodium, 153 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 28 g protein.