I had so much fun participating in The Secret Recipe Club last month that I decided to do it again! This time around I ended up receiving The Chefanies as my top secret blog and was pretty stoked about it. The Chefanies are two girls named Stephanie who are really passionate about food and are, umm… slightly healthier than me. Their food tends to be really fresh and really fantastic looking. I, of course, picked out the least healthy thing I could find, Baked French Toast with Pralines.
I love the idea of baked French toast since you prep it at night and then just have to bake it in the morning. This one is slightly more complicated because you have to mix up the praline mixture in the morning but as long as you’re awake enough to melt some butter, you should be good.
We really, really loved this one. My husband doubted me thinking it would just be soggy bread but once he gave it a chance, he ended up going back for seconds! The tops of the bread became nice and caramelized thanks to all the sugar but the bottom portion of the bread was soft like the inside of French toast should be.
You’re going to think you have too much topping but just pour it all on. Trust me.
- 1 loaf French bread 13 to 16 ounces â€“ We got a fresh one from the bakery
- 8 large eggs
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Dash salt
- Praline Topping recipe follows
- Maple syrup
- 1/2 pound 2 sticks butter
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each.
Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices.
In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and whisk until smooth.
Pour mixture 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 oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter; stir in other topping ingredients. Pour over French toast. Bake for about 40 minutes or until puffed and slightly golden.