1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Bake, uncovered at 350° for 30 minutes or until set and golden. Serve with bacon, if desired.
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