Baked French Toast Casserole w/ Praline Topping

Every year on Christmas Eve I would make this french toast casserole before heading out to my aunt's house for the annual family holiday get together. That way, the next morning when we all watch my niece open up her gifts from Santa, I can throw the casserole in the oven and by the time she's done, the casserole's done. It really does time out perfectly and I found that it is a lot more enjoyable to just relax Christmas morning with a hot cup of java, listening to Christmas music in the background while my niece tears into her gifts. However last year we were unable to make it home for the holidays but I still kept the tradition alive and made the casserole at home. I will have to do the same this year as well since we won't be home for the holidays again. Plus, I think I might be working on Christmas, so this might be more a dinner when I get home than a breakfast. Yeah, apparently National Parks don't close for Christmas and someone has to show up and talk to visitors. Oh well, I am not complaining, I would much rather work the holiday that have one of my co-workers who has a family at home waiting for them spending their Christmas day sitting in the visitor center.

This is a super simple casserole that you make the night before and let it sit and soak over night in the fridge. Then the next morning all you have to do is pretty much just throw it in the oven. I did alter the recipe quite a bit since it does come from Paula Dean and that woman likes her heavy creams and butter. I have also found that from previous years, if you cut the bread in cubes instead of slices, it soaks up the egg mixture better leaving you with perfect french toast texture throughout. As apposed to some parts being dried out and more toasted and others having a glob of egg on the side.

French Toast:
  • 1 loaf of challah bread (any bread will work)
  • 8 eggs
  • 3 c. skim milk/soy milk
  • 1 TBSP. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  1. Slice bread into 1-inch thick cubes. Arrange bread onto buttered 9 by 13 inch baking dish. Combine all the ingredients above and whisk until blended. Pour egg mixture over the bread making sure all of the bread is evenly covered. Cover casserole with foil and store in the refrigerator over night.

Praline Topping:
  • 1/2 c. butter/margarine
  • 1 c. light brown sugar
  • 1 c. pecans
  • 2 Tbsp. lite calorie light corn syrup (not the dark stuff)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. Store in container in the refrigerator over night.

Next Morning:
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Praline topping will have separated over night, stir until well blended.
    Pour mixture evenly over bread.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes with foil on. Remove foil and continue to bake an additional 20 until the bread is puffy and golden brown.

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Lucy's Soup Can said...

This would be PERFECT if you were hosting a brunch or going to a potluck brunch. I think I'll file this one away on Pinterest for Mother's Day next year!

Anonymous said...

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Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

That praline topping sounds divine!! I'm pretty sure I could just eat that with a spoon!

Kararoo said...

YUM! Come make it for me on Christmas Eve!

eatme_delicious said...

Hm weird I remember reading this, but must have forgot to comment! It looks amazing. I like that you cut the bread into cubes rather than slices.

Roz said...

I think that I am now a French Toast addict, Kristin! Anything with the word praline in it will also grab my attention real quick! I tweeted this for ya and pinned it on Pinterest on my foodie board! Hope your new year is starting off beautifully!

Bizzy B. Bakes said...

I made baked French Toast, for the first time, not too long ago and it much more filling than when I make it on the stove. I love it. I want to try your recipe. Maybe, you could link this Bake with Bizzy.

You asked how to eat Dilly Wiggles on My Sweet and Savory. I ate it with a spoon. It is too firm to use as a dip even though it wiggles.