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Ultimate Bacon-Maple French Toast

A savory update to baked French toast, this is an easy make-ahead dish that is excellent for brunches 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
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 large 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

  • Grease a 13x9-in. baking dish; set aside.
  • In a large shallow bowl, whisk the first 10 ingredients. Dip each slice of bread into egg mixture. Arrange slices in prepared dish. Pour remaining egg mixture over top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine the first 8 topping ingredients. Spread over top.
  • Bake, uncovered, 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Drizzle with syrup.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 612 calories, 36g fat (18g saturated fat), 250mg cholesterol, 694mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.

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  • cheylee2
    Oct 2, 2019

    I made this for my family while on vacation. They loved it. It was actually very easy. That was five years ago. It is a requested favorite. Love it!

  • Whitewolf1
    Apr 24, 2018

    No comment left

  • AvidcookGAtoCA
    Feb 19, 2018

    The picture of this recipe caught my eye as I looked through my TOH Holidays & Celebrations cookbook. The combination of sweet and salty appealed to me, so I bookmarked the page to try in the future. I was recently asked to bring a French toast casserole to a potluck brunch, and I remembered this recipe. I am so glad I did because it got rave reviews. It was easy to assemble with the added bonus of being able to prepare a day ahead of baking. Not only is this visually appealing, it is delicious! I like that it isn’t overly sweet. Bacon, nuts, butter, brown sugar - oh my!!!

  • No_Time_To_Cook
    Dec 29, 2015

    Yummy!!! Made this for Christmas Morning Breakfast!... loved it!

  • danielleylee
    Feb 2, 2015

    This was a winner for sure. However I made many modifications to reduce the calories. I about fell out of the chair when it said a cup of butter for the topping. I did use fat free milk and half and half. I also used 6 oz of egg substitute and only 2 whole eggs. For more details on where I slashed calories check out my blog. http://www.apinchofluv.com/wordpress/2015/02/01/maple-bacon-french-toast/

  • gucci65
    Nov 3, 2014

    Why hasn't this had more reviews ????? This is award winning !!!!!

  • Jellis451401
    May 17, 2012

    I made this for mothers day, and my family loved it! They asked me if I would make it again the following week. I woukd try it, its not to sweet. It gets an A+ from me.