PREP TIME: 30 minutes | COOK TIME: 45 minutes | CHILL TIME: 6 hours | TOTAL TIME: 7 hours 15 minutes
There are things you should know about this mouthwatering casserole. First is I highly recommend chilling this before baking as the flavours will be at its best. But if you don’t have much of the time, just assemble everything and pop in the oven. I don’t want to leave the pecans out but you can do so if desired or use any kind like walnuts, black walnuts, or almonds. And this can be made gluten-free. All you need to do is substitute the bread with your favourite gluten-free bread.
This delicious make-ahead dish that you can whip up in a heartbeat. Full of flavour, crowd-pleaser, and perfect for any occasion French Toast Casserole.
20 ounces sandwich bread*, cubed
1 cup pecans, chopped
8 large eggs
2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup maple syrup*
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
4 tablespoons salted butter, sliced
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
HOW TO MAKE FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE
Step 1: Prepare and grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
Step 2: Tore the bread into small inch cubes. In the prepared baking dish, add and layer the cubed bread and pecans.
Step 3: In a small bowl, add the eggs, milk, real maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk until combined.
Step 4: Empty the egg mixture over the bread and pecans.
Step 5: Place in the fridge to chill for about 4 to 6 hours or overnight, covered.
Step 6: When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. And remove the pan from the fridge.
Step 7: In the meantime, add the sliced butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. Mix with a pastry blender until incorporated.
Step 8: Over the casserole, crumble, and clump the topping.
Step 9: Using an aluminium foil, secure the baking dish before placing in the preheated oven to bake for about 25 to 30 minutes.
Step 10: Uncover the dish and continue baking for another 15 to 20 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.
Step 11: Remove from the oven and allow the casserole to cool for a couple of minutes.
Step 12: Before serving, slice and enjoy with powdered sugar and maple syrup.
1. You can make about 22 slices of butter bread or white bread per 20 ounces.
2. Make sure to use only real maple syrup as table syrup will possibly change the recipe.
Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 345 SATURATED FAT: 5g CHOLESTEROL: 138mg SODIUM: 527mg CARBOHYDRATES: 40g FIBER: 2g SUGAR: 17g PROTEIN: 10g
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