French Toast Casserole with Praline Topping

  • Yield 8-12 servings


1 loaf french bread
8 large eggs
2 cups half & half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 -- grated rind of lemon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 -- Praline Topping
1/2 pound butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons lt corn syrup


Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each. Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, lemon rind, and salt and whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine Praline Topping ingredients (butter, brown sugar, pecans, corn syrup) in a medium bowl and blend well. Spread evenly over bread mixture and bake 40 minutes until puffed and lightly golden.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.