My mom originally introduced this french toast casserole recipe to me a few years back when she made it for breakfast one Christmas morning. This recipe has become a tradition to make around the holidays, and has since worked its way into regular meal rotation around here, although with a few modifications to the original.
French Toast Casserole
Yield: 8-10 servings
1 loaf of French bread, 20 1-inch slices
8 large eggs
2 cups half & half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
Layer each of the slices of french bread into a buttered or greased 9×13 inch baking pan.
Next, whisk together the eggs, half & half, milk, sugar, vanilla, ground cinnamon and nutmeg, and the pinch of salt in a large bowl or mixer.
Pour the mixture over the slices of French bread, making sure to get in between and around the slices.
Cover and let sit overnight or for about 8 hours.
After the bread has soaked overnight, you’ll want to preheat the oven to 350° while you create the praline topping.
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup chopped pecans (walnuts would also be good)
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
The few changes I made include halving the amount of butter and brown sugar; and also completely removing the corn syrup (2 tablespoons) for the pecan-praline topping that the original recipe called for. You can view the original recipe, here, if you’d like.
Cream together the softened butter, pecans, brown sugar, and the ground cinnamon and nutmeg.
Once the praline topping is well combined, evenly cover the surfaces of all bread slices.
Bake for about 50 minutes, or until golden brown and puffy.
Serve with maple syrup if you’d like, but it’s definitely not needed.
Considering this recipe calls for a whopping 8 eggs, I thought it was perfect to use Nellie’s Free Range Eggs. Nellie’s wholesome eggs are sourced from hens that roam free in spacious pasture lands and are able to exhibit natural behaviors (something you’d think all hens would be able to, but sadly are not).
Using Nellie’s Free Range Eggs in this recipe definitely added to the wholesomeness of the dish. These delicious, free range eggs created the lightest and fluffiest french toast you could imagine!