French Toast with Pears

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



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Servings: 8
Prep Time: 35 mins
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Ingredients
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    3   
    medium pears, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
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    2   tablespoons 
    packed brown sugar
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    snipped fresh rosemary
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    2   tablespoons 
    butter
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    14 - 15   half-inch slices 
    French bread (about 1 loaf)
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    8   ounces 
    Brie cheese, rind removed and cheese thinly sliced
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    2   tablespoons 
    butter, melted
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    3   tablespoons 
    granulated sugar
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    1   teaspoon 
    ground cinnamon
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    2 1/2  cups 
    milk
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    3   
    eggs
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    1   tablespoon 
    vanilla
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    salt
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    Warm maple syrup, fresh berries, and honey, or purchased cranberry conserve

Directions
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.
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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 information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 405, Fat, total (g) 19, chol. (mg) 130, sat. fat (g) 10, carb. (g) 44, Monosaturated fat (g) 7, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, fiber (g) 3, sugar (g) 18, pro. (g) 15, vit. A (IU) 583, vit. C (mg) 3, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 1, Niacin (mg) 2, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (g) 101, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 1, sodium (mg) 623, Potassium (mg) 316, calcium (mg) 192, iron (mg) 2, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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