French Toast with Pears


This breakfast casserole recipe can be made 24 hours ahead, then baked until edges are puffed and golden.

French Toast with Pears
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
35 mins
Chill Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
40 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins


  • 3 medium pears, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon snipped fresh rosemary

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • 14 - 15 half-inch slices French bread (about 1 loaf)

  • 8 ounce Brie cheese, rind removed and cheese thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted

  • 3 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 ½ cup milk

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • Warm maple syrup, fresh berries, and honey, or purchased cranberry conserve


  1. Grease a 3-quart rectangular baking dish; set aside. In a large skillet cook pears, brown sugar, and rosemary in 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until pears are just tender. Arrange 7 or 8 bread slices in a single layer in prepared baking dish. Spoon pear mixture and arrange Brie on bread slices. Top each stack with a bread slice. Brush bread with melted butter. Combine granulated sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over bread. In a medium bowl whisk together milk, eggs, vanilla, and salt. Slowly pour over bread slices. Cover and chill for 1 to 24 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake, uncovered, for 40 to 45 minutes or until edges are puffed and golden. Let stand for 10 minutes. Serve warm with maple syrup, berries, and honey, or cranberry conserve. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

405 Calories
19g Fat
44g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 405
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 130mg 43%
Sodium 623mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 191.8mg 15%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 316mg 7%
Folate, total 100.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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