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Baked French Toast

Thick brioche slices soak up the batter, while sugared pecans lend a caramelized crunch. Refrigerating the dish overnight leaves nothing to do but top it with pecans and bake it the next morning.

  • servings: 10

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 10 slices day-old brioche (about 3/4 inch thick)
  • 1 cup pecans (coarsely chopped or crushed)
  • Rum-Raisin Maple Syrup, for serving

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Beat eggs in a bowl. Whisk in milk, heavy cream, 1/3 cup sugar, vanilla extract, nutmeg, and salt.

  2. Step 2

    Working in batches, dip 10 slices day-old brioche into batter to coat. Overlap brioche slices in a 9-by-13-inch ceramic or glass baking dish. Pour remaining batter over top. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 2 hours.

  3. Step 3

    Preheat oven to 375 degress. Top with pecans and sprinkle with 3 tablespoons sugar. Bake, covered with parchment-lined foil, for 25 minutes. Uncover; bake until top is golden brown and crunchy, 20 to 25 minutes more. Serve with syrup.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, November 2010

Reviews (1)

  • 11 Mar, 2014

    Great recipe. Turned out perfect. The only change I made was that I used 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg and a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. And then I sprinkled the pan with cinnamon before it went into the oven. I followed the baking instructions exactly as written and it baked up perfectly. Will definitely make this over and over again. I chose this recipe because it uses mostly milk instead of cream, and no butter. I used Trader Joes thick cut french bread, which has little groves for the pecans.