French Toast Casserole with Praline Topping







1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)

8 large eggs

2 cups half-and-half

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Dash salt


  1. Slice the french bread into 20 (1 inch) slices.
  2. Arrange the slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and whisk until blended.
  4. 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.
  5. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Now, for the Praline Topping you will need….


2 sticks of 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


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Blend well.  Cover and leave at room temperature overnight.
  3. The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden.
  6. Serve warm.