This is like having dessert for breakfast! A rich brown sugar glaze with crunchy pecans tops off buttery bread for a special breakfast or brunch.
8 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 (1"-thick) slices French bread
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 (2-ounce) package chopped pecans (3/4 cup)
How to Make It
Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a wire whisk until blended. Pour 1 cup egg mixture into a greased 9" x 13" baking dish. Place bread in dish; pour remaining egg mixture over bread. Cover and chill 8 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350°. Combine butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, and pecans in a glass bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and microwave at HIGH 30 seconds. Pour over bread.
Bake, uncovered at 350° for 30 minutes or until set and golden. Serve with bacon, if desired.