French Toast Casserole With Pecan Butter Topping Will Make Your House the Place to Be for Brunch by Chef Gigi Gaggero

Breakfast
8 months ago
French Toast Casserole With Pecan Butter Topping Will Make Your House the Place to Be for Brunch

Entertaining during the morning hours? This French toast breakfast or brunch casserole will keep you where you need to be – with your guests and out of the kitchen!

You’ll need:

  • 1 loaf Brioche bread, day old and cut into large cubes
  • 8 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup currants, soaked in 1/2 cup amaretto or water (optional)

Pecan Butter Topping

  • 1/2 pound salted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • maple syrup, warm
  • fresh pears, sliced (optional)

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Generously butter a 9x13-inch high-sided ovenproof baking dish. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half and half, milk, sugar, vanilla, salt, currants and their soaking liquid, and spices. With a whisk, whip until blended and slightly aerated.
  3. Place large cubes of the Brioche bread into the mixture and quickly, but gently, toss making sure all are cubes are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon the bread into the prepared baking dish and drizzle any remaining egg mixture on the bread making sure the bread is doused well. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  4. To make the pecan butter topping, combine all the ingredients well.
  5. The next morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Top the casserole with the butter pecan topping. Cover with foil and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until eggs are puffed and warmed through. Remove the foil during the last 10 minutes of bake time. Serve with the warmed maple syrup and fresh, sliced pears.

Photo: Simply Recipes

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Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
What?! This sounds crazy good! Any chance it’ll still taste delish if I use gluten-free bread, Chef Gigi Gaggero ? Yum!
Chef Gigi Gaggero
Yes, yes...... of course we must have our GF brother and sisters indulging right along with us! Oxoxox
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
This looks amazing and I'm thinking of making it when I host my parents for brunch soon. Thank you, Chef Gigi Gaggero !

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