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Butter Pecan French Toast Breakfast Casserole

Your family will fall in love with this Overnight Butter Pecan French Toast Breakfast Casserole recipe.  It’s perfect for Christmas morning breakfast.  You can assemble it the night before and wake up to a warm, custardy, french toast casserole with pockets of brown suger-y, crunchy, buttery bits nestled in between the lovely velvety bread pieces.

Great Breakfast for Large Groups

You’ll want to try the large group French Toast Breakfast Casserole for a Crowd recipe next time you’re cooking breakfast for 50 or more.  Your family reunion or girls camp will rave.   Made and assembled the night before, it requires minimal effort in the morning and is met with maximum excitement hot out of the oven.   The slices are much smaller than the recipe for 12, but if you serve several other items, they’ll be perfect.

What do you think?  Doesn’t this look good.

I got the idea for this from a local restaurant.   We went there with friends for dinner and they served the most amazing Butter Pecan Bread Pudding.  It was light and fluffy, with marvelous surprise chunks of crunchy brown sugar coated pecans nestled in between the bread.  It was so good we went back the next week.  And this time I was served a dense gummy lump of sodden bread with minimal pecans with absolutely no crunchy suger-y coating.  Sigh.  Since we generally conclude we can get better meals at home, I was faced with the challenge of recreating it.  I think you’ll be blown away with the results.  So much for that restaurant.

What would you serve with this?

I just recently served this for our Church Christmas Breakfast.  Here’s the menu with links to the other items.

Mini Sweet Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Mixed Fruit Salad with an Orange Vanilla Glaze

Mini Ham & Cheese Sliders

French Toast Casserole with Brown Sugar Pecan Streusel Topping

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Betsy’s Butter Pecan Overnight French Toast Casserole
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

This may just be the best French Toast Casserole you'll ever have.  The bread is sweet, but not too sweet and the crunchy butter pecan topping really takes it to the next level.  You'll enjoy it with, and without, syrup.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
Praline Topping:
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 1/2 cup pecans , chopped
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 (16 – 20 ounce) loaf Italian bread , cut into 1-inch slices then torn into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 large eggs
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Instructions
2 nights before serving:
  1. Slice the bread in 1 inch slices. Tear each slice into 1 inch pieces. Put the pieces of bread in the pan in an even layer. Let sit out on the counter, uncovered.
  2. Combine all ingredients for Praline Topping in a medium bowl, blend well, cover and set aside.
  3. Night before serving:
  4. Using 1 tablespoon butter, grease a 9" x 13" pan or deep 2-quart casserole.
  5. In a large bowl, combine 8 eggs, 3 cups heavy cream, 1 cup milk, 5 tablespoons sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla, ¾ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon salt. Beat with a whisk until blended. Pour mixture over the bread slices. Using a wide flat spatula, mix by gently lifting and rearranging the bread pieces, making sure pieces all are covered evenly.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE: Can be made up to this point, covered with foil and refrigerated for up to 24 hours. It’s best if it sits at least 8 hours.
  1. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread, pressing most of it into the spaces between the bread pieces. Bake about 40 minutes, or until puffed and lightly golden. Custard should be set, but still slightly wet.
  2. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup.

Large Group

 

Betsy’s Butter Pecan Overnight French Toast Casserole for a Large Group of 50
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 50 servings
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
Praline Topping:
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter , softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 1 cup pecans , chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 (16 – 20 ounce) loaves Italian bread , cut into 1-inch slices then torn into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 16 large eggs
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 cups heavy cream
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ - 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Special Equipment
  • 1 21” x 13” x 3.5” Disposable Aluminum Pan Full Size Steam Table Pan
Instructions
2 nights before serving:
  1. Slice the bread in 1inch slices. Tear each slice into 1 inch pieces. Put the pieces of bread in the pan in an even layer. Let sit out on the counter, uncovered.
  2. Combine all ingredients for Praline Topping in a medium bowl, blend well and set aside.
  3. Night before serving:

  4. Using 1 tablespoon butter, grease a 21” x 13” x 3.5” disposable aluminum pan.

  5. In a large bowl, combine 16 eggs, 2 cups milk, 6 cups cream, 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 4 teaspoons vanilla, 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Beat with a whisk until blended. Pour mixture over the bread slices. Using a wide flat spatula, mix by gently lifting and rearranging the bread pieces, making sure pieces all are covered evenly.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE: Can be made up to this point, covered with foil and refrigerated for up to 24 hours. It’s best if it sits at least 8 hours.
  1. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread, pressing most of it into the spaces between the bread pieces. Bake about 45 - 55 minutes, or until puffed and lightly golden. Custard should be set, but still slightly wet.

  2. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup.

Looking for more fantastic Breakfasts for a Crowd?

There are many excellent choices on my Breakfast for a Crowd page here.  It’s got a wide selection of large group breakfast recipes. Including this one:

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole for a Crowd

2 Comments

  1. Debra S. Pagan

    the students (high schoolers) are going to love this tater tot casserole. Thank you for doing all the hard work on expanding the recipe for me.

    Reply
    • Betsy Edwards

      You’re most welcome!

      Reply

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