The Country Cook: Pecan Praline French Toast

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Pecan Praline French Toast

Up until a few years ago, I rarely ate breakfast.  I wouldn't be that hungry in the morning and I'd rush off to work and usually wouldn't eat anything until lunch time.  Well, by the time lunch rolled around, I would be so hungry, I would eat WAY more than I intended.  And then I'd usually feel like a stuffed sausage and really tired after my too-big lunch. Then one day, I was talking to a personal trainer friend of mine and she informed me that skipping breakfast is never a good idea.  Like ever.  Even when I'm short on time, I gotta get fuel in me each morning.  And that fuel is food. She suggested I hard-boil eggs ahead of time, so when I'm short on time in the mornings, I could just grab a hard-boiled egg out of the fridge to eat on the go.  Eggs are the perfect protein to start the morning off on a good foot and keep me from over-indulging at lunch time.  Now, I'm no personal trainer, and I rarely hit the gym like I should, but making this small change in my life made a bigger impact than I ever realized. I started eating breakfast (and cut out soda), and within a year, I not only felt better, but I had actually lost weight!  
So, when the folks at Eggland's Best eggs asked me to try out their eggs and maybe come up with a recipe, I jumped on it.  Me and eggs have been real good buddies these last few years.  I learned a lot about this here special brand of eggs.  Each Eggland's Best egg is packed with Vitamin E, Omega 3, Lutein and Vitamin D.  All Eggland’s Best eggs are produced by hens that are fed an all-natural, all-vegetarian diet of healthy grains, canola oil, and an all-natural supplement of rice bran, alfalfa, sea kelp and Vitamin E.  The feed contains no animal fat, no animal by-products, and no recycled or processed food.  Eggland’s Best never uses added hormones, steroids, or antibiotics of any kind.  As a Momma, this is something I feel really good about eating myself and serving to my family.  We are getting a whole lotta nutrition in a convenient little package!
All Eggland’s Best eggs are produced locally on farms throughout the United States, and are typically delivered from the farm direct to the grocery store within 3 days of laying. The fresher the eggs, the better they taste, right?  And seriously, that is the most important factor to me.  It's the taste!  And these eggs really are exceptional in taste.  I've made scrambled eggs, omelets and of course, my favorite, hard-boiled eggs, and it was really delicious and flavorful.
So, I was thinking of a fun recipe to share with y'all using these eggs.  For Christmas (and on the weekends), I like to make a big breakfast.  But I also want to enjoy my family and not be in the kitchen the whole morning cooking and cleaning up. So, one of my favorite make-ahead breakfast recipes is this Pecan Praline French Toast. I mean, let's be honest, this ain't diet food. It's a super yummy, special occasion or weekend breakfast. But now, I feel better about making this because I know they're getting a boost of nutrition with all those Eggland's Best eggs in there! And let me tell ya, if you think this is gonna be soggy because it soaks overnight, think again.  It comes out tender in the middle, a little crunch on the edges, but no mushiness.
1 (16 oz.) French bread loaf
1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 tbsp. maple syrup
3/4 cup chopped pecans
4 Eggland's Best eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup milk (2% or higher)
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Note: Make sure you don't get a really wide loaf of French bread. You want to make sure, once it's sliced, you'll be able to lay 10 pieces flat in a baking dish. If it's too wide, all the slices won't fit properly.

Spray a 9x13 baking dish lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
Cut French bread into 10 slices.  Each slice should be about 1-inch thick.
In a bowl, combine brown sugar, melted butter and maple syrup.
Spread this mixture into the bottom of your baking dish.
Sprinkle chopped pecans on top of the brown sugar mixture.
Arrange bread slices on top of pecan layer. It's important that your pieces of bread lay flat and do not overlap. Next, whisk together Eggland's Best eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla.
You want to make sure the eggs and milk are combined well.  You can whisk it for several minutes or use your handheld mixer to ensure that it is mixed really well.
Pour the egg mixture evenly over bread layer.
Looking good already!
Next, cover with a layer of aluminum foil.
Then pop it in the fridge overnight (for at least 8 hours).
In the morning, preheat your oven to 350F degrees. Then bake the French toast for 35-40 minutes. Note: For crispier French toast, bake it uncovered the entire time. For softer French toast, bake it covered the entire baking time.
Once it's finished, you just scoop up the slices,
 (flipping them over so the praline side is on top) and serve!  

Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Eggland's Best. The opinions and text are all mine.

1 comment :

  1. Hi Brandie,

    I made this recipe for Christmas morning last year and it was loved, I mean LOVED, by everyone. Making it again this year. It's so perfect to make the day before and just serve with fruit for breakfast (we also made an egg bake/casserole).



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