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This French Toast Casserole can be put together the night before and cooked the next morning. It makes a wonderful and easy breakfast for your family and guests. It is great reheated if you have any left over. Just add your favorite toppings such as syrup, powdered sugar, fresh fruit, whipped cream or pour a glaze over the entire dish. This is a treat with coffee anytime and children will love it, too.
12 slices French bread, sliced about an inch to an inch and a half thick (Day old bread is better for this. I bought a 14 ounce package that contains 2 small loaves in the bakery at Kroger. Can get large loaf, too)
1/2 cup evaporated milk (can use regular milk)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter or 1/2 stick or 1/4 cup
1/3 cup evaporated milk (can use regular milk)
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 cup pecans or walnuts
Spray casserole dish with cooking spray. (I used a 10 x 10 x 2 casserole dish) Whisk together your ingredients for your dip in a mixing bowl. Dip each bread slice in the dip and place in your casserole dish. Combine all the topping ingredients except the nuts and heat either on stove or in microwave until hot but not boiling. Pour topping ingredients over your bread in the casserole dish. Cover casserole dish and refrigerate overnight. I have done this as much as 15 hours ahead of time. Next morning or before baking, remove the cover and add the nuts. Bake uncovered in preheated 400 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Serve with your favorite toppings. I count a serving as 2 slices of the bread so this would make six servings. (Note: I think the nutmeg makes this recipe) Enjoy!
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