2016 First Place NC State Fair: Faye Smith, Fayetteville
1 small loaf French bread
1 ½ cups half and half
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. cinnamon, divided
½ tsp. nutmeg, divided
1 stick butter, melted and divided
½ cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. corn syrup
½ cup chopped pecans
Slice bread into ½ inch slices. Spray a 9 x 9 baking pan with cooking spray. Arrange bread slices into 2 rows, overlapping slightly.
Mix eggs, half and half, granulated sugar, vanilla, ¼ tsp. cinnamon and nutmeg and mix until well blended.
Pour egg mixture over bread, cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the remaining ingredients of melted butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and remaining cinnamon and nutmeg. Add pecans and mix well. Sprinkle topping over the bread mixture.
Bake 45 minutes or until puffed, golden brown center is set. Serves 6-8