Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Praline French Toast Casserole

This is a fabulous Sunday breakfast or brunch dish. This is a very rich dish, a little goes a long way.


Praline French Toast Casserole
Serves 8
Recipe from: Paula Deen

Ingredients:
8 eggs
1-1/2 cups half-and-half
1/3 cup maple syrup
sugar
10 to 12 slices soft bread, 1-inch thick

Topping:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2/3 cup maple syrup
2 cups chopped pecans

Directions:
1. Generously butter a 13-by-9-inch casserole dish.
2. Mix the eggs, half-and-half, maple syrup, and sugar in a large bowl. Place the bread slices (note: I cubed day old French bread) in the prepared casserole dish and cover with the egg mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and let soak overnight in the refrigerator.
3. Preheat the oven to 350F. Remove the casserole from the refrigerator.
4. Make the topping: Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the sugar and maple syrup and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in pecans. Pour the mixture over the bread and bake for 45 to 55 minutes. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!
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77 comments:

George Gaston said...

Velva, nothing says Sunday Brunch than a decadent rich casserole and you & Paula have certainly have met that standard here. This French toast sounds incredible! As a southerner, any thing with pecans is a must-try ~ thanks...

Rebecca said...

I would just love to have this at brunch, lunch, dinner, midnight snack, etc.... I'd eat this at any time of the day!

Bob said...

Holy crap. I need some of that right now.

A Year on the Grill said...

Oh boy that looks great!

Big Dude said...

Wow!!

buffalodick said...

Paula Deen should be the size of a small suburb, with her rich ingredients!

The Absence of Alternatives said...

I am hungry! I shoveled the snow 3 times yesterday so I deserve something like that for breakfast. And lunch. And afternoon tea. And dinner. And midnight snack...

love lives in the kitchen said...

wow! it looks just wonderful :)
thank you for sharing!
have a sweet day,
justyna

suzicate said...

YUMMY!!!!! Trying that this weekend!

The Absence of Alternatives said...

Got distracted by the deliciousness and forgot to let you know: your guest blogger post is published. Thank you so much!

Velva's post: :-)

http://www.secretinnerlife.com/2010/02/wtf-wednesday-the-price-of-tomatoes.html

Megan Carroll said...

Hi Velva,

I am going to take this recipe with me to my father in law's island... we'll enjoy it listening to the waves lapping the dock!

5 Star Foodie said...

The praline topping looks amazing, such a delicious french toast bake!

Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

What a great idea for Sundays - only problem I see is my family wanting it every day! Thanks for sharing!
Susan

Karen said...

This is something I'd see at a nice B&B! It'd be a great dish for company, too.

Bridgett said...

This is something you would find on a menu of a fancy restaurant for breakfast. How divine!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

What a great idea! Pecans make everything more special.

Erica said...

I love this kind of recipes for a brunch!!! Printing this one, Velva!

Federica said...

wow che buono!! complimenti!

grace said...

this is breakfast at its best, velva--pure decadence! bravo, bravo, bravo. :)

Katherine Aucoin said...

These are my favorite types of breakfast dishes to prepare on the wekeends. When I saw the toasty pecans...my eyes rolled in back of my head. I am making this Saturday morning!

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Goodness gracious! I can almost smell the wonderfulness!! I can't wait to try this recipe!!

Laura in Paris said...

Looks delicious .. but very very rich ... only for Sundays ...

Jen_from_NJ said...

What a perfect brunch dish! I love the pecan topping.

Chef Aimee said...

I wish I had this dish this morning on a snow day! :)

Mimi said...

The perfect brunch dish.
Mimi

Meals by Misty said...

My husband loves this! I made it for a baby shower brunch and it was a huge hit! I made it once with the cheap maple syrup and it wasn't near as good as using the real stuff!

Pierce said...

Oh my! My mouth literally flew open when I saw this dish. So pretty.

Sook said...

Oh wow, that looks incredible! I'll definitely try this.

Kathleen said...

Well Shut my MOUTH!!!

Chef Fresco said...

Oh wow! What a creation - looks delicious!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Velva, This looks incredible. I'm going to try this recipe ---maybe on Saturday!!!!! Sounds incredible. Thanks SO much.
Hugs,
Betsy

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Wow. Rich is right. Looks great. I wish I had a houseful of people so I could try it right away.

figtree said...

What a wonderful treat for a Sunday brunch..my guests may never leave!!!

Together We Save said...

Oh my.... this sounds awesome. I will have to make this for my sunday school class.

Marguerite said...

Fabulous, just fabulous! I am going to make this NOW, for tomorrow morning! Merci beaucoup, cher!

Rambling Tart said...

Dear Velva, this is gorgeous and decadent and yummy scrummy! Can't wait for a free Saturday or Sunday to try it out on my family. :-)

TKW said...

That sounds like sinful goodness!

A-Man said...

Nice experimental breakfast dish!
Thx.

tasteofbeirut said...

Mmm! I love the ingredients but scared to death of them too!

Claudia said...

Oh let me grab a plate. How rich and delicious is this! Totally soul-satisfying.

Dishesdone said...

oh yum! I've made this before and it's delicious! Yours looks fantastic! Totally sinful!

Hungry Dog said...

Oh my. I'm in love. I hope someone makes this for me for valentine's day breakfast!

Sophie said...

Oooh waw, Velva!! What a tasty & marvellous brain splasher!

Excellent!!! MMMMMM,...great to share with your other halve!

Lynette said...

Stopping by way Life as Lori - that looks so very yummy! I'll have to try that - someone said Paula Deen should be the size of a small suburb - amen to that!!

Still - looks tasty and I'll have to try it - soon!

Thanks for sharing, err, posting ;-)

Kitchen Butterfly said...

And all I can think of is a dollop of sour cream or creme fraiche........loving pecans and maple syrup as I do!!!!!

teresa said...

mmmmm, perfect for a valentine's breakfast!

Sage said...

I do love French toast; have never tried it as a casserole; must be great!thank you for that recipe!
Rita

AMUSE-BOUCHE FOR TWO said...

I have a weakness for pecans. I love love love them.

Joanne said...

I can only imagine how rich and delicious like this...kind of like pecan pie in a breakfast casserole form. how truly splendid!

Fresh Local and Best said...

This looks heavenly!

Gulmohar said...

I'm convinced from the ingredients that this tastes divine..would love to try this sometimes :-)

unconfidentialcook said...

OMG, I'd have to go right back to bed after eating that for breakfast because I wouldn't stop at a little.

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow looks wonderful with a good cup of coffee

Sherry G said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog! This looks like a great breakfast to wake up and have! Love love love the pecans!

Lori said...

Now that looks absolutely delicious.

Chef E said...

Is it me or can I smell that in my kitchen right now? I would be in trouble because that looks so good, you would be slapping my hands and yelling at me to get out of it till it was served!

D said...

Oh my, that looks good. I may have to make that this weekend.

Angie's Recipes said...

The whole layer of pecans atop makes the whole casserole a class of its own.

thefattyreader said...

Mmmmmm, nice idea.

Chey can cook! (and more) said...

Velva, this looks amazing! I can almost smell it!

Katy ~ said...

Velva, I'm pretty sure that you have decadence pretty well covered in this fabulous post. WOW!!

Chris said...

I can't do the pecans (allergic) but the rest of this looks great, especially using half and half.

Foodycat said...

I prefer savoury breakfasts usually, but I would love this for dessert! It's like a bread and butter pudding for angels!

D. at Outside Oslo said...

Looks fantastic. A good breakfast is such a treat.

Kevin said...

That looks so good! I could go for a slice right now for breakfast!

lauren said...

Absolutely delish! I've been staring at it, so I better say something. Thanks Velva.

cookbookapprentice said...

Oh wow, yum! I'd love this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Michelle said...

wow! wish I'd seen this in time for Valentine's! I'm going to have to make this next weekend!

theycallmejane said...

My in-laws are visiting next week! They're going to love you for this!

Megan Carroll said...

Hmm ironically enough I got whole bag of pecans sent to me... I wonder where those came from? Thank you for the inspiration and the supplies!

suzicate said...

Tried it...it was incredible!!!!! Thanks.

lakegirl said...

This is one of my favorite French Toast recipes.

Stop by my blog, I've left something for you there!!

Ingrid said...

Yum, this looks amazing. That topping has my mouthwatering! It's like bread pudding and my children (as well as me!) adore bread pudding. Thanks so much for sharing.
~ingrid

deb said...

This is a must make for my daughter and I!!

Ana said...

All I can think is, me oh my. The rest is silence. And drooling.

Anonymous said...

but, how much sugar? and, brown or white sugar? thanks
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Anonymous said...

Looks amazing! Just wondering how much sugar you added? You've modified Paula's recipe a bit, since hers calls for twice the amount of liquid, and she also adds cinnamon and nutmeg. Did you change the amount of sugar as well?

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