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Easy French Toast Casserole

Randy Mayor; Cindy Barr
Yield 6 servings
This easy french toast casserole is a rich and decadent addition to any breakfast or brunch table. If you don't want to use the orange liqueur, you can substitute 1 to 2 teaspoons of orange juice. 

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons dark corn syrup
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 (1 1/2-inch-thick) slices French bread
  • 6 tablespoons frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Grand Marnier (orange-flavored liqueur)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans, toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 352
  • caloriesfromfat 23 %
  • fat 8.8 g
  • satfat 3.5 g
  • monofat 2.8 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 11.1 g
  • carbohydrate 58.1 g
  • fiber 1.2 g
  • cholesterol 83 mg
  • iron 2.6 mg
  • sodium 466 mg
  • calcium 191 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes or until bubbly and sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Pour sugar mixture into bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread mixture evenly over bottom of pan. Set aside; cool completely.

  2. Combine milk and next 5 ingredients (through eggs) in a large shallow bowl; stir with a whisk. Dip 1 bread slice in milk mixture; arrange bread slice over sugar mixture in dish. Repeat procedure with remaining 5 bread slices. Pour any remaining egg mixture over bread slices. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  3. Preheat oven to 350°.

  4. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

  5. While casserole bakes, combine whipped topping and Grand Marnier. Place 1 bread slice, caramel side up, on each of 6 plates; top each serving with 1 tablespoon topping and 1 teaspoon pecans.

Cook's Notes

French bread with a soft crust works best because it is easier to cut. Omit the liqueur in the whipped topping, if you prefer. Garnish with a fresh strawberry or orange slice.

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