Baked French Toast with Strawberries

Who doesn’t LOVE French Toast. But it’s hard to make when you’re feeding a big group. This overnight recipe makes it easy. The sweet pecan topping is the best part. Use any fresh fruit that is in season.

french toast baked pecans

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
Bake: 40 min. + standing
MAKES: 12 servings


12 slices day-old French bread (1 inch thick)
6 eggs
1-1/2 cups 2% milk
1 cup half-and-half cream
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 cup chopped pecans
4 cups chopped fresh strawberries
Additional maple syrup


1. Place bread in a single layer in a greased 13×9-in. baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, cream, syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg; pour over bread. For topping, in a small bowl, mix brown sugar, butter and syrup; stir in pecans. Spread over bread. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.

2. Preheat oven to 350°. Remove French toast from refrigerator while oven heats. Bake, uncovered, 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve with strawberries and additional syrup. Yield: 12 servings.

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