You make it ahead the night before and just throw it in the oven the next morning. Serve it along side some fresh fruit. Special enough to entertain with, for holidays or just that little something extra for the family.
The recipe, which I found in Southern Living, calls for french bread which worked well, but next time I make it I'm going to try to find something a little more "dense" in the middle.
1 loaf french bread
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted2 tbsp maple syrup
3/4 cup chopped pecans
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preparation1. Cut 10 (1-inch-thick) slices of bread. Reserve remaining bread for another use.
2. Stir together brown sugar and next 2 ingredients; pour into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.
3. Whisk together eggs and next 4 ingredients. Arrange bread slices over pecans; pour egg mixture over bread. Cover and chill 8 hours.
4. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake bread 35 to 37 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately with fresh fruit of your choice.