Great Oak Manor Baked French Toast Casserole

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The holiday season is practically upon us. Sure, it may only be halfway through September, but that means that Halloween isn’t too far away, which means that soon it will be Thanksgiving, and then right after that, Christmas. Before you know it, it’ll be 2017! The holiday season usually brings ample opportunity to try out some new recipes, and a lot of times the hardest decision is which recipe you’d like to try next. Let us help out with the process and offer up a tasty treat from Great Oak Manor.

Ingredients:

1 loaf French bread
8 large eggs
2 cups half & half
1 cup milk
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon cinnamon (measured generously)
¼ teaspoon nutmeg (measured generously)
Dash of salt

Directions:

-Butter/grease a larger casserole dish
-Slice French bread into approximately 1-inch slices
-In a large bowl, combine all ingredients with either whisk or electric mixer.
-Dip the bread slices into the mixture and arrange into the baking dish. Pour remaining mixture over top, making sure the entire slice is covered.
-Cover with plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate overnight.
-The next day, preheat oven to 350 and bake for 25-30 minutes. Meanwhile, make praline topping:

Praline Topping:

½ pound room temperature butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup pecans
2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg

Praline Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well.
  2. After 25-30 minutes in the oven, spread praline topping over the slices and continue baking for 10-15 minutes until puffed and lightly golden. (Cooking the French toast with the topping for the entire bake time makes the topping too done.)

Note: The beauty of the recipe is in its flexibility. Sometimes we’ll swap the pecans for blueberries, or even go wild and use both! You can be creative with the topping and use apples or something deliciously lemon-based. Experiment and enjoy making it your own!

 

If you’d like to try our cuisine in person, book a stay at Great Oak Manor, where you can take a brief respite from the upcoming seasonal madness. We look forward to seeing you soon!