Rating: 4.67 stars
39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

An easy, layered dish that refrigerates overnight so you have more time to spend with your guests in the morning! This recipe makes a lot, so it's great for a crowd.

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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Evenly distribute the butter cubes into the bottom of a 10x14-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the butter. Arrange the pear slices into the bottom of the dish. Arrange the bread cubes into a single layer over the pears.

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  • Mix the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and almond extract together in a bowl until fully blended; pour evenly over the bread cubes, assuring all pieces are evenly covered. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and chill overnight in refrigerator.

  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove the casserole from the refrigerator and allow to warm while the oven preheats.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the top of the bread is golden brown and the eggs have solidified, 45 to 60 minutes. Top with the sliced almonds to serve.

Nutrition Facts

192 calories; protein 7.5g; carbohydrates 26g; fat 6.7g; cholesterol 120.6mg; sodium 215.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (33)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2011
Hands down and without a doubt a new Christmas morning tradition was born this year. This was the easiest most incredibly delicious and well received breakfast I've served in quite some time. Not to sweet at all just the perfect amount. I used a 1 1/2 lb loaf of sourdough bread cut to large cubes with 9 ex-large eggs. I upped the milk to closer to 2 cups and increased the almond extract to a teaspoon. I also used a jar of my home canned pears instead of store bought. I didn't slice them but instead left them in halves. Once baked (65 minutes in my oven) it puffed up beautifully. Also topped the servings with fresh whipped cream flavored with almond extract and almond slices. Totally yummy and will most certainly make again. Love it and thanks for submitting this recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/23/2012
I used canned pears and found them to taste terrible in this recipe. Pears just dont go with almond extract. I also thought that there should be more sugar added - it tasted about as sweet as a popover. I doubled the almond extract which I thought was perfect. I will try making this with fresh peaches more brown sugar on the bottom and a little more white sugar in the egg mixture. Read More
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39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2011
Hands down and without a doubt a new Christmas morning tradition was born this year. This was the easiest most incredibly delicious and well received breakfast I've served in quite some time. Not to sweet at all just the perfect amount. I used a 1 1/2 lb loaf of sourdough bread cut to large cubes with 9 ex-large eggs. I upped the milk to closer to 2 cups and increased the almond extract to a teaspoon. I also used a jar of my home canned pears instead of store bought. I didn't slice them but instead left them in halves. Once baked (65 minutes in my oven) it puffed up beautifully. Also topped the servings with fresh whipped cream flavored with almond extract and almond slices. Totally yummy and will most certainly make again. Love it and thanks for submitting this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2011
This was enjoyed by all the morning after Thanksgiving. Next time I will increase the pears so there is a solid layer of them; as is they are too far between and you're only likely to get one every other bite. I went ahead and put on the almonds before baking. It was easier and didn't have any adverse effect. The sourdough and almond extract make this a special french toast. A definite keeper Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2011
I made this last night and baked it this morning. It's delicious! I halved the recipe and made it in a glass pie dish using 6 slices of whole wheat sourdough bread and egg beaters (by the way 1 cup is equal to about 4 large eggs). I did not use almonds. I forgot to layer the brown sugar on the bottom but remembered before I placed it in the fridge so I layered it on the top. Then when it was done I flipped it and sprinkled it with more brown sugar and placed it back in the oven for 5 minutes to get all melty. As you can see from my picture it did stick a bit because the sugar caramelized on top. If I were to get the sugar in the right order I'm sure it would be lovely to serve to guests! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2011
I made something extremely close to this (without the pears). It was incredible!! Everyone loved it. 2 1/2 cups of eggs is (according to my own recipe) about 8-12-depending on if you're using medium or large eggs. You can use Egg Beaters as a sub-maybe the reason for the cup measurement. I'm trying it this next week so my comment will be relevant. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2011
Terrific recipe! I used fresh pears instead of canned and it turned out great! Love the syrup that the butter and brown sugar create it's just enough to give it a wonderful sweetness. UPDATE: I just made this recipe again and used vanilla soy beverage instead of milk and only put in 6 large eggs forgot to measure the amount of bread I used maybe 3/4 of what's recommended? Just used enough until it soaked up the milk/egg mixture and it turned out great! A little less "rich" tasting but still very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2011
This is delicious! It may now be one of my family's favorites. Made it for an event at church and got nothing but rave reviews. It's even good at room temperature. General rule on eggs is that 1 egg is 1/4 cup. However this all depends on the size of your eggs so don't worry if it's not exact. I as a bit short on the eggs (probably needed 1-2 more) but still turned out wonderfully. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2012
I made this with almond milk and vegan butter and it was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2011
This was extra easy and VERY tasty. I cut recipe in half and baked it in a deep dish pie plate. It served 6. It was light and not too sweet. I used 5 eggs. I baked it 50 minutes. I served it with pancake syrup. Yum. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2011
Fantastic breakfast! My entire family (even the children) loved this not-overly-sweet breakfast. The only changes to the original recipe that I made was using fresh red pears (three) instead of canned. I had no almond extract but I added Ceylon cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg over the pears. The cinnamon gave it a great kick. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/23/2012
I used canned pears and found them to taste terrible in this recipe. Pears just dont go with almond extract. I also thought that there should be more sugar added - it tasted about as sweet as a popover. I doubled the almond extract which I thought was perfect. I will try making this with fresh peaches more brown sugar on the bottom and a little more white sugar in the egg mixture. Read More
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