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Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 (1-lb.) loaf French bread, cut into 1/2-in. thick slices
  • 8-oz. (2 cups) finely chopped ham
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 1 2/3 cups milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice*
  • Maple syrup, if desired

Recipe Directions

Combine brown sugar, Land O' Lakes® Butter and honey in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar melts (2 to 3 minutes). Pour into ungreased 13×9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with pecans. Top with half of bread slices; sprinkle with ham.

Combine eggs, milk and vanilla in large bowl; beat until well mixed. Dip remaining bread slices in egg mixture on one side only. Place over ham, dipped-side down. Pour remaining egg mixture over bread slices.

Combine sugar and pumpkin pie spice in small bowl; sprinkle over top. Cover; refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

Heat oven to 350°F. Bake, uncovered, for 50 to 55 minutes or until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes. Cut into 8 servings; invert each onto serving plates. Serve with maple syrup, if desired.

*Substitute 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves.

TIP: For speedy preparation, ask the baker at your supermarket to cut the French bread on their bread slicer so the slices are uniform thickness.

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