I love to have a special breakfast on a lazy weekend day. The problem, of course, is that I don’t want to make breakfast on a lazy day. It seems like it defeats the purpose, right? I’d much rather have it without all the effort. That’s where recipes like this Praline French Toast come into the picture.
The majority of the work and assembly is done they day before serving it. You’ll just need to spend a few minutes making an easy topping before popping it in the oven. Then you can immediately return to your lazy plans while it bakes.
Baked French toast is essentially bread pudding, but it’s even easier and quicker because you use bread slices instead of cubes. If your supermarket stocks that nice, wide French bread, then you’ll need about 8 thick slices of bread. I am fortunate to have a lovely bakery in the neighborhood that makes really amazing baguettes. They are narrower, but they work really well for this recipe. If you use a baguette, just keep in mind that you’ll need more slices to fill up the pan.
Yes, this is a really simple make-ahead recipe, but what I most love about it is the flavor. If you love pecans like I do, then I think you’ll whole-heartedly agree. The topping combines brown sugar, butter, maple syrup, and pecans for a deliciously sweet topping with the taste of pralines.
Keep this recipe in mind the next time you need breakfast or brunch for a lazy day or a special occasion. The make-ahead aspect makes it so simple, and it’s destined to be a crowd-pleaser. You can enjoy the adulation as you serve this Praline French Toast warm from the oven.