Easy French toast casserole

Recipe submitted by: Amy Pickett
Recipe courtesy of: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20416795_2,00.html

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This easy french toast casserole is a rich and decadent addition to any breakfast or brunch table.

Prep Time:
30min set time, overnight chill time
Cook Time:
35min
Servings:
6

Ingredients

2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons dark corn syrup
Cooking spray
1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
1/2 cup egg substitute
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon grated orange rind
2 large eggs
6 (1 1/2-inch-thick) slices French bread
6 tablespoons frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
1 to 2 teaspoons Grand Marnier (orange-flavored liqueur)
2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans, toasted

Directions

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes or until bubbly and sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Pour sugar mixture into bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread mixture evenly over bottom of pan. Set aside; cool completely.
  2. Combine milk and next 5 ingredients (through eggs) in a large shallow bowl; stir with a whisk. Dip 1 bread slice in milk mixture; arrange bread slice over sugar mixture in dish. Repeat procedure with remaining 5 bread slices. Pour any remaining egg mixture over bread slices. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°.
  4. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
  5. While casserole bakes, combine whipped topping and Grand Marnier. Place 1 bread slice, caramel side up, on each of 6 plates; top each serving with 1 tablespoon topping and 1 teaspoon pecans.

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