French Toast Casserole

I don’t know about you, but during the week I am not a big breakfast person. Between getting ready for work and rushing kids off to school it’s the last thing on my list. Come weekends, however, it’s a different story. I love to sit back in my jammies and enjoy a hot, satisfying breakfast with the family. Do you know what I love even more than that? When I have to do next to nothing that morning and still get that yummy breakfast!! That, my foodie friends, is what this is. A little work the night before, a pan in the oven in the morning,  and you have a rich, sweet and hearty breakfast everyone will enjoy!

Remember the 90 Day Challenge in my house and the mention of money saving meals? This is a great way to use up that leftover French bread from a couple of days ago. Many stores even have discount racks near their bakery section where you can get day or two old French bread for less than a buck! Those are perfect for this recipe since they will soak up more of the yummy “custard” than fresh would. Make this for your crew as soon as possible, I promise it won’t disappoint!! Make it with or without the pecans in the topping because either way it is delicious!  I hope you like French Toast Casserole as much as my family does!

French Toast Casserole

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
sit 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 9 yields
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 loaf french bread
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 7 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

FOR THE TOPPING

  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans roughly chopped

Instructions
 

  • Slice french bread into slices about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Place in a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan...can overlap...just want to evenly cover the inside of the pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine all other ingredients..besides the topping stuff!!
  • Pour over the bread slowly, may even need to spoon the "custard" over it to get all of the bread moist.
  • Allow to soak for at least one hour...better yet, overnight!!

FOR THE TOPPING

  • Combine softened butter, brown sugar and corn syrup in a large bowl. Mix together,
  • Add shredded coconut and chopped pecans and stir to evenly combine.
  • Spread evenly over the soaked french toast.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. If the top is browning too fast for you, cover it with foil for the rest of the time.
  • Remove, let sit for about 10 minutes, and serve with maple syrup!

Notes

Got nut allergies in your house? Simply omit the pecans!! Just as good without them!
Slightly stale french bread is PERFECT for this..great way to avoid wasting food!
Keyword toast
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