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Tia's Holiday Recipe: Eggnog French Toast Casserole With Praline Topping

As 2020 comes to a close, we all deserve to take an extra moment of self-care. Self-care can mean massages and workouts; but don't let anyone fool you into thinking you don't deserve to treat yourself when the time is right. Cooking a delicious meal and sharing it with family friends can be the richest, most rewarding self-care there is. We asked our co-founder Tia Mowry to share one of her favorite year-end holiday recipes, and, we gotta say, she delivered.

Baked Eggnog French Toast Casserole with Praline Topping

Yields 6 to 8 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours and 15 minutes (includes overnight chilling)

10 cups brioche or Hawaiian bread, cut or torn into 1in pieces
8 large eggs
3 cups eggnog
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Maple syrup

Topping:
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 cup old fashion oats
1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions
Prepare a 9 x 13 baking dish with 1 tablespoon of butter.

Add bread cubes to dish and set aside. In a large bowl or blender, whisk together eggs, eggnog, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt until well combined. Pour over bread mixture. Gently mix until all bread is coated with the egg mixture.

In a bowl, stir together butter, oats, nuts, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. With a fork, mix until mixture comes together and is crumbly. Sprinkle over casserole. Cover with aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove from refrigerator and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, remove foil and continue cooking until top is golden brown, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from oven and serve with maple syrup or honey.

Tia’s tips:

This recipe can also work with any type of breads, use leftover hamburger and hotdogs, sandwich bread, or french breads.

If you don’t have eggnog, substitute milk or half and half.

You could substitute the praline topping with fruit and berries, add right before baking.

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