So Simple Baked French Toast & Pecan Streusel

 

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On Saturday I prepared this so-simple and special breakfast treat for baking the next morning.  My husband said it was a “10” on his taste scale, and the teenagers used the word, “amazing”. In other words, it was a winner in our house!

This dish is easy to whip-up and wonderful for special weekends and holidays when you want to serve something a little more decadent than usual. I used my grandmother’s old cast-iron skillet to bake the bread in and it came out perfectly — crunchy on top, moist in the middle, crispy on the bottom.

So Simple Baked French Toast

Ingredients:
1 loaf French or Italian bread, cut into 1/2-inch slices
8 large eggs
3 cups half-and-half (or whole milk)
3/4 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
Pecan Streusel (recipe below)
Maple syrup
Blueberries or fruit & powdered sugar (optional)

Directions:
1. Arrange bread slices in a large greased cast iron skillet.

2. Combine eggs and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl, whisking until well blended. Pour egg mixture over bread. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle Pecan Streusel over bread slices. Bake for 45 minutes or until slightly puffed and golden. Serve with maple syrup. Serves 8-10.

Pecan Streusel
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped pecans

Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl; stir in pecans. Makes 3 cups.

Lisa

 

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