Cookin’ with Carolyn Praline-Pecan French Toast

Praline-Pecan French Toast

1 (16-oz.) French bread loaf
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
3/4 cup chopped pecans
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Cut 10 (1-inch-thick) slices of bread. Reserve remaining bread for another use. Stir together brown sugar and next 2 ingredients; pour into a lightly greased 13- x 9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. Whisk together eggs and next 4 ingredients. Arrange bread slices over pecans; pour egg mixture over bread. Cover and chill 8 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake bread 35-37 min. or until golden brown. Serve immediately. Makes 8-10 servings. Enjoy!