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Baked French Toast with Strawberries

French toast is a crowd-pleaser, but it's hard to make for a big group. This overnight casserole with strawberries and a sweet pecan topping fixes everything. —David Stelzl Jr., Waxhaw, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min. + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 slices day-old French bread (1 inch thick)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 cups chopped fresh strawberries
  • Additional maple syrup

Directions

  • Place bread in a single layer in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, cream, syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg; pour over bread. For topping, in a small bowl, mix brown sugar, butter and syrup; stir in pecans. Spread over bread. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Remove French toast from refrigerator while oven heats. Bake, uncovered, 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve with strawberries and additional syrup.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece (calculated without additional syrup): 377 calories, 20g fat (8g saturated fat), 126mg cholesterol, 266mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.

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