I learned how to cook from my wonderful foodie family, especially my Mama! One of my favorite things to do is to call her and brainstorm recipe ideas together! She’s an amazing home cook and throughout the years she’s made some truly mouthwatering meals.
One of my favorite “Mama meals” (and there are so many) is her French Toast Casserole.
Come on folks, who doesn’t love buttery French Toast with a crunchy praline topping?!!
Baked French Toast Casserole
1 loaf of French bread
8 eggs, beaten
2 cups half & half
2 tbsp sugar
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
pinch of salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tbsp light corn syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Slice the French bread into 20 slices.
Place the slices in a buttered 9X13 baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping slices.
In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half & half, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
Mix until blended but not too bubbily.
Pour over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk/egg mixture.
Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Remove the dish from the refrigerator and remove foil.
Time to make the praline topping!
Mix all ingredients for praline topping in a bowl.
Spread evenly over bread. Bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and golden.
Serve alone or with maple syrup or honey! Enjoy~