Baked French Toast with Maple & Praline

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Baked French Toast with Maple and Praline

Yield: Serves 6 to 8

Prep Time: 25 min + overnight in the fridge

Cook Time: 40 min

This recipe was served at a holiday brunch that I attended. It's perfect for Christmas morning.

Ingredients:

FRENCH TOAST:
1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
8 large eggs
2 cups half & half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
dash of salt

PRALINE TOPPING:
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, melted
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions:

1. The night before: Slice French bread into twenty 1-inch slices. Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9x13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. In a large bowl, combine eggs, half & half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; whisk until blended. Pour mixture over bread slices, making sure that all are covered evenly with milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

2. The morning of: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine praline ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well. Spread praline topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (via Paula Deen (Food Network))