Serves a Crowd

Gooey Pecan French Toast Casserole

May 19, 2010
5 Ratings
  • Serves 8-10
Author Notes

I am not a french toast fan. But I will eat my french toast casserole any day! I saw Paula Deen make a french toast casserole. I decided to look up her recipe, then I tweaked, added, and omitted until I had my own version of a french toast casserole. —CherylDLee

What You'll Need
  • Custard for toast
  • 2 12 ounce loaves Hawaiian Sweet Bread, cut into 1" thick slices
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Topping
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Arrange bread slices in two rows in a buttered 9 by 13-inch baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon until blended.
  3. Pour mixture over the bread, pressing the bread down lightly to help absorb the mixture. Spoon the liquid over the bread until well coated.
  4. Cover the dish with foil and refrigerate overnight.
  5. In medium bowl mix butter, brown sugar, pecans, corn syrup, and cinnamon together until well blended. Cover with plastic wrap and leave out overnight, because it needs to be soft enough to spread the next morning.
  6. When ready to bake the next day preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Remove the foil from the bread and custard, then evenly spread the pecan topping on the french toast.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes, until puffed up and browned. Let sit for 5 minutes to cool and for the buttery juices to reabsorb.

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11 Reviews

Daeisha September 4, 2022
I wasn't sure how this recipe will turn out. It was delicious đŸ˜‹ Had to use brioche bread, it was good. Making a pan tonight!
QueenOfGreen January 24, 2014
Rave reviews at this morning's company Breakfast Club! Though in my sleepy state last night / this morning I multiplied the bread & custard by 1.5 for a 12x15 pan, but didn't increase the butter topping. I don't think they noticed!
Lisa G. December 31, 2012
Making this for NewYears morning!!! Hope its as good as it looks!!
Oui, C. May 23, 2010
What do you get when you combine a sticky bun with some french toast? Perfection on a plate! YUM!
lakergirlkk40 May 22, 2010
This looks sooo yummy!!! Can't wait to try it over the long weekend.
denesita May 22, 2010
I was sure I wasn't going to like this. I was so wrong. It was incredible.
deelite May 22, 2010
i LOVE king's hawaiian sweet bread and this looks so sticky good cheryl!! i would love to have a big fat square of this along with a big tall glass of ice cold milk (1% since i've weened myself off of 2%)!! thanks for sharing your recipe and i can't wait to try it!!
monkeymom May 20, 2010
I love Hawaiian bread. Your recipe sounds great and your picture looks so good. Will have to plan a big brunch party to try it out!
ShowFoodChef May 19, 2010
Looks so sweet, sticky and yummy, Cheryl. Wish I had it right now!
madhatrk May 19, 2010
I have also cut the half & half in half with milk and cut the eggs to half egg whites (I was out of whole eggs and had egg whites) and it was still wonderful! It did take a little longer to cook though. I also always use whole wheat baguettes. Wonderful!
madhatrk May 19, 2010
This is always requested when I host brunch. Even the "no carbs" people devour it!