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Overnight Pecan Praline French Toast (+Video)

Pecan Praline French Toast is an easy breakfast casserole made with sliced French bread baked in a decadent brown sugar pecan topping.

AN IMPRESSIVE FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE

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. It comes out tender in the middle, a little crunch on the edges, but no mushiness.

two slices of pecan praline French Toast on a white plate with fresh raspberries on the side.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • French bread loaf
  • light brown sugar
  • salted butter
  • maple syrup
  • chopped pecans
  • eggs
  • milk
  • sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • vanilla extract
French bread, eggs, brown sugar, pecans, butter, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon.

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.

HOW TO MAKE PECAN PRALINE FRENCH TOAST:

sliced French bread on a wooden cutting board.

Spray a 9×13 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. 

sliced French Bread in a white baking dish.

Next, whisk together 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.

french toast batter in a blue bowl being mixed together with an electric hand mixer.

  Pour the egg mixture evenly over bread layer.  

pouring French toast batter evenly over sliced French bread pieces.

Next, cover with a layer of aluminum foil. Then pop it in the fridge overnight (for at least 8 hours). 

aluminum foil covered French toast casserole.

In the morning, preheat your oven to 350F degrees. Then bake the French toast for 35-40 minutes.

French toast casserole shown in the oven.

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, just scoop up the slices, flipping them over so the praline side is on top, and serve!

two slices of pecan praline French toast on a plate with a bite removed from one slice of French toast.

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Overnight Pecan Praline French Toast

Pecan Praline French Toast is an easy breakfast casserole made with sliced French bread baked in a decadent brown sugar pecan topping.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Spray a 9×13-inch 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 the 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 as flat as possible and do not overlap.
  • Next, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. You want to make sure the eggs and milk are combined well. Pour the egg mixture evenly over bread layer.
  • Next, cover with a layer of aluminum foil. Then pop it in the fridge overnight (for at least 8 hours).
  • In the morning, preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Then bake the French toast for 35-40 minutes.

Video

Notes

  • 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!
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 24g | Sodium: 161mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Originally published: December 2013
Updated and republished: January 2022

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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This dish is amazing!! It makes a great breakfast anytime, but it really is a nice treat for a holiday breakfast. Prep the night before and pop in the oven in the morning. Your family will thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    I am drooling (and am very hungry anyway since I haven’t eaten breakfast yet this morning)! My husband and kids will LOVE this! We have some friends coming to stay with us in a couple weeks and this will definitely be on the menu… of course I’ll need a test run (or two) just to make sure! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    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).

    Thanks!