I did a cooking demonstration over the weekend and this was the dessert I served. Everyone seemed to love it!
1 (1-pound) loaf of French bread
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup toasted chopped pecans
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Slice bread into cubes and place in a 9 1/2 x 13” baking dish. Drizzle with melted butter and top with pecans.
In a medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, and spices until well-mixed. Pour over bread, making sure all the bread cubes are soaking in the egg mixture.
Bake in preheated oven for about 50 minutes. Serve warm.
I haven't tried it yet but I bet this would be good with a slug of good bourbon added to it.
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup chopped pecans
In a small saucepan combine brown sugar, evaporated milk, and butter over low heat. Cook and stir praline sauce until sauce is smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and pecans. Serve praline sauce warm over bread pudding or ice cream.