December 2, 2013

Overnight Praline French Toast

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray.
With assemble-ahead ease and a decadently delicious pecan-and-brown-sugar topping baked on top, this Overnight Praline French Toast is a perfect holiday brunch or breakfast treat!  And PAM Cooking Spray helps make sure it comes out right every time.

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I work hard on my holiday baking and cooking.  And I'm sure you do, too.  With all the hustle and bustle and extra-goings-on of the holiday season, I don't have time for my creations to get messed up.  I've got to get them right the first time!

Well, unfortunately, I didn't get one of my creations right the first time this holiday season.  Nope.  I had a total flop.  I was attempting to make Pecan Pie Muffins.  And utterly failed.

You know how you can just tell something's going to be good from the batter?  You take a little taste, and the batter is sooooooo tasty that your mouth starts watering for the end result right then and there?  Well, that was how it was with said Pecan Pie Muffins.  I just couldn't wait to sink my teeth into them!

They baked up beautifully.
They smelled amazing.

I was getting more and more excited about them by the second.

Then ... then it came time to take them out of the pan.

And that's where the love story with Pecan Pie Muffins came to a screeching halt.  'Cause they stuck.  Like totally.  Ruined.

Let's just leave it at ... well, ... the crumbs  tasted fabulous.

So when I decided to make this Overnight Praline French Toast, another sticky pecan-based holiday treat, I also  decided not to make the same 'pan mistake' twice.

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When I started to prepare this deliciously indulgent Overnight Praline French Toast, I turned to PAM Cooking Spray to help ensure it would come out right ... the first time.


I certainly didn't want another 'Pecan Pie Muffin incident!' Who's got time for that?

And not only does PAM Cooking Spray help ensure dishes come out right {and in my case, I use the word 'out' literally!} the first time, it also helps make clean-up easier to do, too ... because Original, Butter, and Baking PAM now leave up to 99% less residue buildup on your dishes than margarine or bargain-brand non-stick cooking sprays.  Hey, I'll take any time savers I can get.

To whip up this outrageously delicious Overnight Praline French Toast, arrange French bread slices in a baking dish coated with PAM non-stick spray ...

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... and then pour a mixture of beaten eggs, half-and-half, milk, and spices over the bread.  Be sure to get it all good and soaked! ... it likes it that way.

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Refrigerate the bread-and-egg combo overnight.

Now, you may be tempted to skip the overnight-refrigerating step.  But don't.  Trust me.

'Cause I tried it.  'Cause I had to be able to share with you if the overnight thing is necessary, right?

Well, overnight is necessary.  And here's why.  Letting the bread-and-egg combo stand overnight totally changes the texture of the end product.  For the better.  Giving the bread time to soak in and absorb up the egg mixture creates french toast with a wonderfully fabulous light-and-airy texture that simply melts in your mouth.

So, resist the temptation to skip the overnight step!  It's totally worth the refrigerator time.

Now, here comes the totally indulgent ... and totally sticky ... part.

In the morning just before you're ready to bake the French toast, whip up the praline topping with some butter, brown sugar, and pecans.

Then pour the praline topping on top of the soaked bread ...

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... and spread it all around, covering every nook and cranny of the bread.

Oh my, doesn't that look great already?

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When it's baked up, the French toast gets all puffy and light ... and the praline topping forms an indescribably amazing crunchy-and-yummy crust all over the top.

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With the soft, velvety texture of the French toast and decadently delicious crunch of the praline topping, this is one holiday treat you won't be able to resist.  I'm sure of it.  And with PAM Cooking Spray, your Overnight Praline French Toast will come out beautifully ... the first time.  I'm sure of that, too.

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Overnight Praline French Toast
Source:  Adapted from You're Invited from The Junior League of Raleigh, North Carolina
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
French Toast:
  • 1 (13 to 16 oz.) loaf French bread, sliced 1-inch thick
  • 8 eggs, beaten
  • 2 c. half-and-half
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • pinch salt
Praline Topping:
  • 3/4 c. butter
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2 T. light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 c. chopped pecans
For Serving:
  • maple syrup
Directions
  1. PREPARE THE FRENCH TOAST: Coat a 13x9" baking dish with PAM non-stick cooking spray. Arrange bread slices in the pan in two rows with the slices overlapping.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, half-and-half, milk, vanilla extract, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Pour egg mixture over the bread slices. Cover and refrigerate over night.
  3. PREPARE THE PRALINE TOPPING:  Prepare the praline topping right before you plan to bake the french toast. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar, corn syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Continue to heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in chopped pecans.
  4. Spread pecan mixture evenly over the top of the bread slices.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until puffy and golden brown.
  6. Serve with maple syrup.
Enjoy!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray.

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48 comments:

  1. I am the cookie queen in my neck of the woods. I used to bake DOZENS and DOZENS of cookies. Being reduced to a one butt apartment kitchen is KILLING ME!

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    1. Ha,ha, ha ... one butt apartment kitchen ... you're cracking me up, Christie!

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  2. I love baking homemade croissants! They're so easy and better than the kind from the can

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. My favorite thing to bake for the holidays? There are so many but on Christmas morning I make a Breakfast Casserole my family loves. I also love Snickerdoodles. My absolute favorite cookie.

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  4. I love baking Christmas sugar cookies!

    shelly8806@hotmail.com

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  5. My favorite thing to make is Christmas Sandwich Cremes. I found the recipe at Taste of Home.

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  6. I love baking cookies.

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  7. Leslie:
    My favorite thing to bake for Christmas is spritz cookies.
    leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

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  8. stollen is my favorite item to bake for christmas.

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  9. I love baking the Christmas cookies that my Mom and Grandmother made. Makes me feel like a "kid" again.

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  10. I love baking spritz cookies with my grandma- we've been doing it for 30 years now!

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  11. My family always makes a chocolate yule log for Christmas Eve! bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

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  12. This looks amazing for breakfast!
    I especially love to bake Christmas tree raspberry linzer cookies and gingerbread boys!!
    Merry Christmas
    Leslie

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  13. I like making sugar cookies thanks
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  14. I love Gingerbread Caramel Pumpkin Pie Bars during the holiday season. :)

    Lesha@tothemotherhood.com

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  15. I always make spritz cookies for Santa!!
    hall_sonya@hotmail.com

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  16. I like to make many kinds of different cookies

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  17. I bake 6-8 varieties of cookies- decorated sugar cookie snowflakes are a constant- and make up gift cans for my friends and coworkers.

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  18. I love baking cookies during the holidays for gift baskets... I always make the old stand-bys. The best part every year is the search through my favorite blogs to find some new recipes to try...

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    1. I love the search for new recipes to try, too, Barbara. I think I have an addiction!

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  19. I Love baking all the different cookies of the season. Snickerdoodles seem to be a family favorite. Decorating sugar cookies for the different holidays is always great too.

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  20. I love holiday baking, especially cookies and pies!

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  21. I don't bake as much as I used to, but my favorite is my recipe for Harvest Loaf Cake. It's a pumpkiny delight with chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, and a spiced glaze on top. It makes great gifts baked in small loaf pans, and is better if it makes it a day or two after baking!!

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  22. I love to bake cheesecakes. I usually try a new one every year but this year will be a repeat because so many have asked for it...German Chocolate Cheesecake.

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  23. How could this NOT be good with that praline topping. Sounds wonderful. My favorite thing to bake during the holidays are quick breads. And yes, PAM is my best friend. Great giveaway.

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  24. i love baking cheesecakes for holiday get togethers!
    dtdady at gmail dot com

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  25. We like pumpkin pies during holidays

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  26. Though dinner rolls aren't a "holiday" food, that is usually the only time we make them from scratch. I like making these because the children get a kick out of watching the dough rise.

    asotv@aol.com

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  27. We make sugar cookies with a vast collection of cookie cutters.. vera khule at gmail dot com

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  28. I love to bake Christmas cookies with my father. We call it "cookie club" and do it every year, making dozens of cookies to give away to our family members. My favorite one to make is molasses cookies!

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  29. I love baking pumpkin rolls.

    Thank you for the nice giveaway!

    lola_violets_2010{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  30. I love making spritz cookies
    karenreichmann@hotmail.com

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  31. My favorite thing to bake is cookies! Thanks for the giveaway! msmissy02 at gmail dot com

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  32. call me the cake lady during the holidays. i love experimenting with different flavors. for xmas we will have a brown sugar rum pound cake with a caramel drizzle. aaaahh i cant wait!!

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  33. My favorite thing to bake during the holidays are cookies. I have so many recipes and I really enjoy the cookie making process.

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  34. I love baking the rolls and the Sweet Potato Souffle and the pies. And whatever new item strikes my fancy. This year I will be making a Pineapple Pudding Stuffing.

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  35. Wow! This looks absolutely amazing! The Praline topping on this is to die for, I see this dish in the near future in our house. Maybe Christmas morning!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

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  36. I love to make just about anything. I usually end up making at least one kind of cookie, banana bread, and sometimes I do pies. This year I have made caramel apple handpies.

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  37. My chocolate chunk cookies are a big hit with the fellows!

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  38. CONGRATULATIONS to the winner, Linda (comment #23)!!!! Enjoy your prize pack, Linda!

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  39. I think the credit needs to be given to Paula Dean since this is definitely HER recipe.

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