I cannot take credit for this incredible recipe, from Food network. Kids and adults DEVOUR this!
1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
8 large eggs
2 cup half-and-half
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 pinch salt
1 Praline Topping, recipe follows
1 maple syrup
Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices.
In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly.
Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup.
* 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
* 1 cup packed light brown sugar
* 1 cup chopped pecans
* 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg