Cinnamon Swirl French Toast Casserole
Time on High: 3 to 4 hours Time on Low: only high Wake up your household on a lazy weekend morning to the intoxicating smell of this Cinnamon Swirl French Toast Casserole. The earthy sweetness of the maple syrup, all enveloped in a bread blanket with a hint of cinnamon spice topped with caramelized pecans makes this a delicious breakfast or brunch treat.
6 Cups of cubed Cinnamon Swirl Bread
7 Large eggs
2 ½ Cups whole milk
1 Cup heavy cream
¼ Cup granulated sugar
¼ Cup maple syrup
2 Teaspoons real vanilla extract
1 ½ Teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ Teaspoon ground nutmeg
¾ Cup chopped dates
3 Teaspoons butter, cut into bits
¾ Cup candied pecans, coarsely chopped
2 Teaspoons melted butter
2 Teaspoons brown sugar
1 Cup chopped pecans
1) Coat the inside of your Crock-Pot® slow cooker with cooking spray
2) Spread the bread cubes on a baking sheet and crisp in a 275 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until slightly dry and hard. Spread bread over the base of your Crock-Pot® slow cooker.
3) While the bread is baking whisk the eggs, milk, cream, sugar, syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg together.
4) Pour mixture over bread and press lightly to make sure all the bread is submerged. Sprinkle on the dates and pecans (recipe below), and finally the cut up pieces of butter and cook on high for 3 to 4 Hours.
Garnish with powdered sugar and syrup – enjoy!