This recipes comes from my grandmother. She makes it every Christmas morning. To this day when I smell brown sugar I feel like I am home. - Shannon Worrell —Shannon Worrell
Test Kitchen Notes
Crunchy brown sugar topping is my primary food group, so I was really excited to give this a shot. The topping was everything I'd hoped for -- it almost made the maple syrup unnecessary. The only thing I might do differently if I made it again would be to add a little more cinnamon to the custard and add some to the topping -- the cinnamon got lost in all the eggs and milk. Overall, YUM and so easy! - emmanation —The Editors
Slice french bread into approximately 20 pieces around 1inch each. lay next to one another in a large greased 9by13 inch pan. Some may need to be over lapped. In a large bowl mix eggs, milk,sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt whisk together lightly. Pour mixture over the slices making sure to soak them fully.Next pour a light drizzle of maple syrup over top. Cover and place in refrigerator over night. The next day pre heat oven to 350 degrees F In a bowl mix the pecan, butter and brown sugar spread on top of mixture and bake for approximately 35 minutes. Serve with more maple syrup and butter!