Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Baked French Toast Casserole with Maple Syrup


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Are you looking for a perfect brunch recipe?

I recently hosted my Mom’s birthday brunch and everyone loved this Paula Deen recipe for Baked French Toast Casserole with Maple Syrup that I served.

If you’re planning a Mother’s Day brunch I’d definitely recommend it.

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I used Challah bread instead of French bread after I read some of these reviews, and it was SO delicious. Other than this minor change, I stuck to the recipe.



  • 1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash salt
  • Praline Topping, recipe follows
  • Maple syrup



Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup.



Praline Topping:

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well. Makes enough for Baked French Toast Casserole.


That’s it.

If you like French Toast, I guarantee you’ll love this dish. 

I’m linking this recipe up with Yvonne at StoneGable. Please stop by and check out all the fantastic foodie posts.






ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

OMG!! Looks and sounds YUMMY!

Donna@anangloinquébec said...

Oh this looks really tasty. I hope you enjoy a lovely Mother's Day Leslie.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Leslie, My DIL has made this recipe for us several times and it is delicious! Happy belated birthday to your mom.

Unknown said...

Are you sure this is a Paula Deen recipe? There's no butter in the french toast!!!

It looks like the perfect breakfast for a crowd type of recipe - one I'll use the next time we have weekend guests. Thanks.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I've had this recipe on my list for a while now. So glad to hear your recommendation. Next time my kids are home for breakfast - I'm making this!

Sarah said...

Thanks for the recipe. I'm definitely a fan of French Toast. Any time we go out for breakfast, I'll be the one who orders French Toast. '-)

michele said...

yummmmmmmm. my family would love this too! the challah makes perfect sense to me too.

hugs to you.


Unknown said...

Oh wow, did you post this just for me??!!

This is just my type of dish, I think I will make it on Sunday morning for breakfast, I'll try it with challah as you suggested X

The Divorced Lady's Companion to Living in Italy said...

This looks divine! Sinfully delicious. Must give this one a try.. Merci beaucoup! X

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Oh this looks scrumptious! I cannot wait to try it! I hope you are having a great weekend!

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