Spiced Pear French Toast Casserole
bread of choice
I used wide pan bread, so use about 9 if your slices are small
milk of choice
pure maple syrup or honey
medium ripe pears
oil of choice to grease pan
cranberries for garnish
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Cut or tear bread into small, 1-2 in. pieces and add to a 2-3 qt. greased casserole dish. Cut pears into bite sized pieces and mix in with bread.
In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon, maple, and vanilla.
Pour egg mixture over bread and pear mixture and mix to coat well and allow all the mixture to be absorbed. (hands work well for this part!)
Chill for about 10 minutes.
Bake for 30 minutes or until bread on top is browned and egg is cooked through.
Cool for 5-10 minutes and then serve with warm maple syrup and fresh cranberries.
Store leftovers in refrigerator.
For egg free, sub the eggs for 5 T flaxmeal and allow to chill before pouring over bread for at least 15 minutes.