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Overnight Caramel-Pecan Stuffed French Toast

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Overnight Caramel-Pecan Stuffed French Toast
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 5 hr 0 min
  • Servings 6
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Overnight Caramel-Pecan Stuffed French Toast

Just when you thought caramel-pecan rolls were breakfast's best friend, along comes this French toast casserole, stuffed with caramel and pecans. Too delish to even describe!

Ingredients

1
loaf challah bread, sliced into 6 (1-inch thick) slices

CARAMEL BASE:

4
tablespoons brown sugar
4
tablespoons butter, melted

CARAMEL STUFFING:

9
tablespoons dulce de leche or other thick caramel sauce
1
cup toasted chopped pecans, divided

EGG MIXTURE:

1
cup milk
6
whole eggs
1
tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon cinnamon

CINNAMON SYRUP:

1
cup water
1
cup brown sugar
2
whole cinnamon sticks

Directions

  • 1 In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and melted butter. Pour into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  • 2 In another small bowl mix together the dulce de leche (or caramel) and 1/4 cup pecans.
  • 3 Using a paring knife, carefully make an inch (or so) incision in the tops of each slice of bread to create a pocket.
  • 4 Smear the insides of the pockets with 1 1/2 tablespoons (or more if you wish) of the caramel pecan mixture.
  • 5 Arrange the stuffed slices of bread in the baking dish, overlapping if necessary. Make sure that the tops of the bread are facing up so the caramel does not melt out.
  • 6 Combine milk, eggs, vanilla, salt and cinnamon in a bowl and pour evenly over bread slices. Sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped pecans over bread slices.
  • 7 Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 4 to 12 hours. In the morning, take the casserole out of the fridge for at least 10 minutes while you are preheating your oven to 350ºF. Make sure all bread slices are evenly coated in egg mixture (redistribute egg mixture if necessary).
  • 8 Bake casserole for 30-35 minutes. If top starts browning too quickly, place a foil loosely over the top of the casserole for the last 10 minutes or so.
  • 9 Meanwhile, combine the water, brown sugar and cinnamon sticks in a medium sauce pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer 8-10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly until ready to serve.
  • 10 Remove French toast from oven and let it cool slightly before serving. Serve with chopped pecans and a drizzle of the cinnamon syrup.
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French toast this good is in a class by itself. And did we mention you can make it the night before?!

As prepared by Half Baked Harvest,

Stuffed with thick caramel and drizzled with cinnamon pecan syrup, this is one breakfast you won't sleep through!

Cinco de Mayo needs to start off right, and this French toast is just the thing. It’s stuffed with a super thick Mexican caramel, called dulce de leche, and mixed with toasted pecans. You can buy dulce de leche at the store or make your own. (See my note at the end of this article about that.)

Once it's baked, the French toast is drizzled with a super simple homemade cinnamon pecan syrup. Oh man, it is so good. 

The best thing about this dish (besides it being super delicious) is you can prep it the night before – so come morning, all you have to do is bake, serve and eat. Yes!!

 

Overnight Caramel-Pecan French Toast

To get started, gather your ingredients.

 

Overnight Caramel-Pecan French Toast

Mix the brown sugar and butter together and then pour into a 9x13-inch baking dish.

 

Overnight Caramel-Pecan French Toast

Combine the eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon.

 

Overnight Caramel-Pecan French Toast

Mix together the caramel and pecans.

 

Overnight Caramel-Pecan French Toast

Slice a loaf of challah bread into six 1-inch slices.

 

Overnight Caramel-Pecan French Toast

Using a sharp paring knife, make a slit in the top of each bread slice to create a pocket.

Smear the pecan caramel mixture on the inside of each pocket.

 

Overnight Caramel-Pecan French Toast

Arrange the bread in the prepared baking dish.

 

Overnight Caramel-Pecan French Toast

Pour the egg mixture over the top. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.

In the morning preheat the oven to 350ºF. Rearrange the French toast if necessary to make sure the slices are evenly coated in the egg mixture. Then bake.

 

Overnight Caramel-Pecan French Toast

Meanwhile, make the syrup. Combine the brown sugar, water and cinnamon sticks in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer on the stove for about 10 minutes.

Remove the sticks and set syrup aside until ready to serve.

 

Overnight Caramel-Pecan French Toast

When the French toast is ready, remove it from the oven and allow to cool 5 minutes. Slice and serve with the cinnamon syrup.

 

Overnight Caramel-Pecan French Toast

Welcome to breakfast done right!

 

Make Your Own Caramel Sauce

Dulce de leche is made with cow's milk, and there is a Mexican version with goat's milk called cajeta.  This post on exactly how to make cajeta is a must read if you want to make your own cajeta or dulce de leche.

 

To find more of Tieghan's recipes, visit her blog Half Baked Harvest, and check out her Tablespoon profile, too!

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