Sunday, October 28, 2012

Baked Pecan-Pear French Toast

For some reason, I am hooked on these baked french toast recipes. They are simple to throw together and spend the perfect amount of time in the oven so that I can get ready for the day while it bakes into the perfect morning treat.

It also give the house the aroma of fresh baked goodies first thing in the morning, a great motivation to get moving on a lazy weekend morning.

Baked Pecan-Pear French Toast

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Total time: 50 min
Yield: 2-3 servings
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups bread cubes
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 large pear, peeled, cored and cubed
Cooking Directions
  1. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, combine brown sugar and butter. Heat, stirring frequently until melted. Stir in water. Set aside to cool down.
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 1.5 quart casserole dish.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon.
  4. Add bread (for me it took 9 slices of ciabatta bread), pecans, and pears to the egg mixture. Mix to evenly coat the bread. Allow to soak for 5-10 minutes, until the bread has absorbed the majority of the egg mixture.
  5. Pour the brown sugar-butter mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Add the bread mixture. I sprinkled the top with 1 tbsp. of sugar in the raw.
  6. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes, until the top is browned and the center is set.

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