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Southern Style Pecan French Toast

Updated on August 17, 2012

Southern Style French Toast with Pecans

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Southern Style French Toast with Pecans

French toast actually became widespread in the medieval times when chefs in Europe had limited food and they tried to use up all food they could without wasting any. Cooks began found that they could extend the life of stale bread loaves by adding moisture to them and then heating it up. Eggs were probably added for the extra protein. This was a meal prepared for wealthy individuals, as there are written recorded recipes in cookbooks, which during the time were reserved for the wealthy. Some evidence has even shown that a dish similar to french toast dates back to Roman times. This recipe is a sweetened version of the dish with pecans added for a southern flare. It is baked instead of fried to make it a healthier selection. Serve this french toast with maple syrup and a dusting of powdered sugar. Also pairs well with bacon, canadian bacon, sausage, or sugar cured ham, and a side of fresh fruit. Yummy!

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Several Servings


  • 1 can cooking spray, butter flavor
  • 3 large whole eggs
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 loaf french bread, cut slices 3/4 to an inch thick


  1. Use cooking spray to coat the bottom and sides of a 9x13 casserole dish.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl combine milk, eggs, egg whites, vanilla, sugar and cinnamon. Mix well
  3. Slice the bread loaf into 3/4 to 1 inch slices.
  4. Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture until it is saturated then put it in the pan.
  5. Sprinkle the chopped pecans all over the bread. Lightly spray each piece with cooking spray.
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes at 400 degrees.


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