Easy French Toast Casserole

Randy Mayor; Cindy Barr

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. 

Yield: 6 servings
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 352
  • Calories from fat: 23%
  • Fat: 8.8g
  • Saturated fat: 3.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9g
  • Protein: 11.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 58.1g
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Cholesterol: 83mg
  • Iron: 2.6mg
  • Sodium: 466mg
  • Calcium: 191mg

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

Preparation

  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.
Note:

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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