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Easy French Toast Casserole

Easy French Toast Casserole RecipeRandy Mayor; Cindy Barr

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons dark corn syrup
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 (1 1/2-inch-thick) slices French bread
  • 6 tablespoons frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Grand Marnier (orange-flavored liqueur)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans, toasted

Preparation

Combine first 3 ingredients in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes or until bubbly and sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Pour sugar mixture into bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread mixture evenly over bottom of pan. Set aside; cool completely.

Combine milk and next 5 ingredients (through eggs) in a large shallow bowl; stir with a whisk. Dip 1 bread slice in milk mixture; arrange bread slice over sugar mixture in dish. Repeat procedure with remaining 5 bread slices. Pour any remaining egg mixture over bread slices. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

While casserole bakes, combine whipped topping and Grand Marnier. Place 1 bread slice, caramel side up, on each of 6 plates; top each serving with 1 tablespoon topping and 1 teaspoon pecans.

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    This easy french toast casserole is a rich and decadent addition to any breakfast or brunch table. If you don't want to use the orange liqueur, you can substitute 1 to 2 teaspoons of orange juice. 

  • Yield: 6 servings

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving:352
Calories from fat:23%
Fat per serving:8.8g
Saturated fat per serving:3.5g
Monounsaturated fat per serving:2.8g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving:0.9g
Protein per serving:11.1g
Carbohydrates per serving:58.1g
Fiber per serving:1.2g
Cholesterol per serving:83mg
Iron per serving:2.6mg
Sodium per serving:466mg
Calcium per serving:191mg

Good to Know

This festive, low-fat brunch dish tastes just as good without Grand Marnier, but testers say the pecans are a must.

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