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Baked Blueberry-Pecan French Toast

Makes: 6 to 8 servings
Prep 30 mins Chill 8 hrs Bake 350°F 35 mins Stand 10 mins
Baked Blueberry-Pecan French Toast
Ingredients
  •  Butter
  • 12  ounces  Italian bread, cut into 6 to 8 slices (each about 1 inch thick)
  • 5  eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/2  cups  milk, half-and-half, or light cream
  • 2/3  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • 2  cups  fresh blueberries
  • 1  cup  coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/4  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/4  cup  butter, melted
  •  Powdered sugar
  • 1  cup  fresh blueberries
  • 1/2  cup  pure maple syrup
  • 1  tablespoon  lemon juice
Directions

1. Butter a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Arrange bread slices in dish, overlapping if necessary.

2. In a large bowl combine eggs, milk, the 2/3 cup brown sugar, the vanilla, and nutmeg. Slowly pour egg mixture evenly over bread. Press lightly with a rubber spatula or the back of a large spoon to moisten bread. Cover; chill for 8 to 24 hours.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Evenly sprinkle the 2 cups blueberries and the pecans over bread mixture. In a small bowl stir together the 1/4 cup brown sugar and the 1/4 cup melted butter. Drizzle butter mixture over pecans.

4. Bake, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

5. Meanwhile, for blueberry syrup, in a small saucepan combine the 1 cup blueberries and the maple syrup; cook and stir over medium heat about 3 minutes or until blueberries have burst. Pour syrup through a sieve into a heatproof pitcher, pressing juice out of blueberries. Stir in lemon juice.

From the Test KitchenTest Kitchen Tip:
  • The blueberry syrup may be made up to 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate; reheat before serving.
Nutrition Facts (Baked Blueberry-Pecan French Toast)
  • Servings Per Recipe 6,
  • cal. (kcal) 716,
  • Fat, total (g) 31,
  • chol. (mg) 210,
  • sat. fat (g) 10,
  • carb. (g) 97,
  • fiber (g) 5,
  • pro. (g) 15,
  • sodium (mg) 516,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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