baked caramel pecan french toast

I love anything with caramel and pecans involved...  and this is the perfect combination of those flavors in a delicious easy breakfast!

The best part?  Most of this can be made ahead, so you just have to put on the topping in the morning and throw it in the oven!  It doesn't get much better than that!!

Baked Caramel Pecan French Toast Recipe

for the base
5 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups lowfat milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 loaf french bread, diagonally sliced into 1" slices
for the topping
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 1/2 cup chopped pecans

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cream and vanilla.  Dip the bread slices into the mixture and then place in a greased 9x13"baking dish, overlapping slightly if necessary.  Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, preheat the oven to 350ºF.  In a medium bowl, stir together the topping ingredients and spread all over the french toast.  Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden and set.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving!

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