Overnight French Toast with Praline Pecan Butter makes waking up a special treat. This decadent casserole puts everyone in a good mood!
With all the company I’ve had you can bet that I have a few tricks up my sleeve. Of course lately it’s been so hot that I haven’t worn sleeves, but even so this French toast casserole is a true wonder. My kids love it and served up with some crisp candied bacon and fresh fruit, this overnight French toast with praline pecan butter makes me just love Paula Deen. Yep. This is one of hers and every now and then it tastes good to have some real Southern comfort. Food, that is!
Loaded with cream and brown sugar and tons of pecans and yes, lots of butter; it may not be health food but it sure is good for the soul. Of course Zoe and boyfriend went for a run afterward and worked it all off. I’m not sure how I raised two kids who like to exercise. Exercise for me just pains me to think about it, though I do like a good walk. And I do like Pilates but I’m not good at putting exercise first. I’m much better at putting this casserole first which means I’m constantly having to fight the bulge. But bulge facing is not fun when the kids are home. I just don’t think they will remember a fruit bowl as a special breakfast, but then again I suppose I should give it a try the next time they are here.
So yes, this overnight French toast praline casserole is heavenly and very simple to make. I’ve told you many a time that I love waking up and just popping something in the oven. In the time it took Zoe to retrieve her grandparents from the hotel, this casserole managed to give our house a cinnamony warm aroma. Everyone walked in and we were ready to sit down and eat. Well devour is more like it. This casserole seems to bring out the appetite in everyone!
So if you want to avoid this decadent and deadly delicious overnight French toast with Praline Pecan Butter you could try this stuffed avocado and cheese French toast from Noble Pig. Or if you can’t decide between a sweet or savory breakfast, which always seems to be Zoe’s problem, you could try this peanut butter and banana honey stuffed almond crusted French toast from The Noshery. You might need a big mouth for all of that!
Just for the record this overnight French toast casserole with praline pecan butter isn’t gluten free. It isn’t butter free. And it certainly isn’t calorie free. But it sure is good. And it keeps ’em coming home. Which is about all a mother could ask for!
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1 loaf of soft French or Challah Bread 13-16 oz (not a baguette)
8 large eggs
2 cups half and half
1 c milk
2 T sugar
1 t vanilla
1/4 to 1/2 t cinnamon
Dash of salt
2 sticks butter
1 c packed brown sugar
1 c chopped, toasted pecans
2 T light corn or maple syrup
1/2 t cinnamon
Slice bread into slices about 1″ thick. Place in a buttered 13 by 9″ baking dish in two rows and overlapping the slices.
In a large bowl combine the eggs, half and half, milk sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Beat with a whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly. Cover the bread with plastic wrap and press your hand over the wrap to make sure all slices are submerged. Refrigerate overnight.
To make the praline pecan butter combine all ingredients for topping in a bowl and blend well. Refrigerate overnight.
The next day preheat oven to 350. Remove French toast from casserole and bring to room temperature. Bake in oven for 40 to 90 minutes. This really depends on how cold the casserole got overnight. Spread praline pecan butter on the top of the casserole. (Make sure it is softened.)
When baked and puffy and golden, remove from oven. Garnish with more pecans and you may even want some maple syrup, but that is up to you!
Baking time will depend on how cold your casserole is to start with.
Don’t forget overnight chilling time. This gives the bread time to soak up all the eggs and cream.
Keywords: Overnight Casserole, French Toast, Praline Pecan Butter, Breakfast, Brunch