French Toast Casserole

*1 loaf French bread (13-16 oz)
*8 large eggs
*2 C half-and-half
*1 C milk
*2 T granulated sugar
*1 t vanilla extract
*¼ t ground cinnamon
*¼ t ground nutmeg
*dash salt
*Praline topping (recipe follows)

 

1. Generously butter a 9×13 inch baking dish.
2. Slice French bread into approximately 20 slices, 1-inch each. Arrange slices in dish in 2 rows, overlapping slices. (Use extra bread for something else, do NOT try to pack much more than this into your dish or you’ll have a spill-over).
3. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly.
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 with foil and refrigerate overnight.

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6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
7. Prepare Praline topping by combining the following ingredients in a medium bowl:

½ lb (2 slicks) butter
1 C packed light brown sugar
1 C chopped pecans
2 T light corn syrup
1 1/2 t ground cinnamon
½ t ground nutmeg

8. Spread praline topping evenly over the bread.
9. Bake for 40 minutes, or until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup.

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