Looking for the perfect dish to serve Christmas morning? Friends, this is it! During the Holidays, I love enjoying really delicious breakfast food. And since December is national pear month, I wanted to celebrate by including pears in this recipe. Also, if I’m honest, I could probably just eat the caramelized pears and be totally happy. Ha!

FYI, this can be prepared the night before and baked the next morning making it the perfect breakfast dish for Christmas morning. Merry Christmas and blessed Holidays, Friends! Enjoy.

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Baked Caramelized Pear and Pecan French Toast

  • 70 minutes
  • 12 ingredients
  • 8 steps


  • 1 loaf French Bread
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 2 pears, cored and sliced in strips
  • 2 TB butter
  • 6 TB maple syrup, divided
  • 1/2 cup pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease 9 x 13 baking pan.
  2. Slice french bread into 1/2 inch slices and line baking pan in 2 rows.
  3. Combine eggs, milk, vanilla, nutmeg, cardamom, salt, orange zest and 3 TB maple syrup.
  4. Pour egg mixture over bread, coating each slice of bread. Set aside.
  5. Over medium heat, melt 2 TB butter in a medium sized sauce pan. Add sliced pears and cook until soft. Add 1 TB maple syrup and cook until pears are caramelized.
  6. When pears are finished, place on top of bread & egg mixture, evenly placing across the top.
  7. Top with pecans and drizzle 2 TB maple syrup over the top. Bake for 50 minutes.
  8. Serve with whipped cream.

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