OK, French toast really isn’t that hard to make. But when you’re doing it for a crowd or a special occasion, it can get tedious. Enter this casserole: Just layer the bread, dump the custard base over it, and bake. This version is loaded with pecans, raisins, orange zest, cinnamon, and maple syrup, so you don’t even have to garnish it.
Game plan: This recipe can be made up to 1 day ahead through step 2. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before baking.
This recipe was featured as part of our Valentine’s Day Breakfast in Bed menu.