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Ultimate Bacon-Maple French Toast Recipe

Ultimate Bacon-Maple French Toast Recipe

A savory update on baked French toast, this is an easy make-ahead dish that is excellent for brunch and showers. The combination of maple syrup, bacon and nuts makes it impressive and satisfying.—John Whitehead, Greenville, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min. + standing YIELD:10 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash salt
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread, cut into 1-inch slices
  • TOPPING:
  • 6 thick-sliced bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Maple syrup

Directions

  • 1. Grease a 13x9-in. baking dish; set aside.
  • 2. In a large shallow bowl, whisk first 10 ingredients. Dip each slice of bread into egg mixture. Arrange slices into prepared dish. Pour remaining egg mixture over top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • 3. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients. Spread over top.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Drizzle with syrup. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece (calculated without syrup) equals 612 calories, 36 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 250 mg cholesterol, 694 mg sodium, 57 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 16 g protein.