Yummy Baked Pear French Toast

I don’t post a lot of recipes on here, but when I find something extraordinary, I do. :)  Remember the book I recently bought for me and my Mom for Mother’s Day?  You know, the one that my Mom didn’t need (but enjoyed it anyway and likes the recipes).

Yes, that’s the one.  It is a great book and it has lots of great recipes.  And the book is so good I took it’s advice and didn’t even worry about the floors that needed to be vacuumed and mopped, and the furniture that needed to be dusted when we had family over for brunch this past weekend.  All I was worried about were the new recipes I was preparing and was hoping everyone would enjoy it. :)

I could talk more about this book because I find it fascinating how most of us think our homes need to be spotless or magazine-worthy in order to entertain, but maybe that will be a different post.  Today let’s just focus on the yummy food.

That is the Baked Pear Vanilla French Toast I made and it was SO delicious.  This is one of Sandy’s recipes from Reluctant Entertainer and I loved it so much I asked her if I could post it all for you, and she said sure!

Baked Pear Vanilla French Toast

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 T. water
  • 3 fresh pears or 28oz. canned pears, drained (I used canned)
  • 4 cups French bread, cut into small pieces (better to not use the crust)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped (I put pecans on half)
  • 9 eggs
  • 2 cups of milk or cream (I used 1 cup of milk, and 1 cup of heavy cream)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • powdered sugar or maple syrup (we used both, but it is sweet enough as is).

Melt the brown sugar and butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add the water and continue heating until bubbly.  Remove from heat and pour into a well-greased 9″ x 13″ baking pan, making sure it is spread evenly.  Slice the pears thinly and arrange evenly on top of the brown sugar mixture.  Sprinkle the French bread pieces over the pears, then the chopped nuts.  Beat eggs, milk, and vanilla together and pour evenly over the entire mixture.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake uncovered for 40 minutes, or until it becomes puffy and the eggs are no longer runny.  Serve with powdered sugar or maple syrup. Serves 6-8.

It really was yummy.  I also made another recipe from Sandy’s book, but I’m not going to give out that recipe too because hey, that’s why she wrote a fabulous book, but it involved bacon + eggs, and it was so delicious too.  Anything with bacon is a winner in my book. :)

Thank you for letting me share this recipe Sandy, I know everyone will love it!

I’ll be sharing this post at Rhoda’s summer recipe party.



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  1. Love Sandy’s book! And yes, she has some wonderful recipes in it and continues to share new ones on her blog. Hope you are having a great week Emily!!

  2. This looks really delicious! We have a pear tree in our yard, so I’m always trying to find recipes that call for pears. Thanks for sharing this one!

  3. Looks to be quite yummy! Alas, hubs dislikes anything that sounds like “French Toast” — hence the shunning by my copycat boys. The resultant problem is that unless we have guests, I would have to devour it on my own…

  4. This looks and sounds delicious. I’ll bet it would be good with apples, blueberries, or any other fruit as well.

    Have a great day!

  5. wow! now that looks yummy. I need a piece of that like right now to go with my cup of tea! :-)

  6. Aw, thanks girl. Fun post. Love your site here! xo

  7. I am popping over from Rhoda’s recipe party. Hope you enjoy my orange muffins (link #99.)

    We have lots of breakfast company and I am always looking for things that you can make ahead. This looks fantastic.


  8. Yum. Maybe I should have eaten lunch, because now I’m practically drooling at my desk. :)

  9. I made this last night for dinner (with a side of bacon) – soooo yummy especially with local maple syrup on top!

    (I had to bake an extra 15 minutes, but other than that- worked out great!)

    Thanks for posting this recipe – I’ll definitely make it again :)

  10. Thanks for sharing this recipe. My family and I chose to make this for Christmas brunch. Sounds very yummy!


  11. Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful recipe. I cook for a family in the summer months in Linville, NC and this recipe is right up their ally for a screened porch breakfast with friends.

  12. My husband & I had this for breakfast this morning. It’s not bad, if you can get over the weird texture of the bread. It was so mushy even though I baked mine longer than the directions state. For that reason, I probably wouldn’t make this again, but thanks for sharing.