MAPLE NUT BREAKFAST CASSEROLE
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loaf of italian or challah bread, torn into bite size pieces
cream cheese, room temperature
pure maple syrup, divided (1/3 c. & 2/3 c.)
light brown sugar, firmly packed & equally divided
Lightly butter a 9"x13" casserole dish.
Distribute torn bread in prepared dish.
In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy.
While beating, slowly add milk and contiue beating until smooth.
Add eggs, cream, 1/3 cup maple syrup and 1/2 cup light brown sugar and mix well.
Pour egg mixture over bread in dish, cover and refrigerate overnight (or at least 2 hrs. if serving the same day.)
Remove from refrigerator and allow to sit out for 1 hour.
Place oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Make topping: Melt butter in saucepan.
Add 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2/3 cup maple syrup.
Cook over medium high heat for about 2 minutes, until it comes to a boil.
Remove from heat and stir in pecans.
Evenly pour over casserole and smooth.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes.
Remove from oven and serve with warm maple syrup. (And some bacon on the side is delicious!)
Cover and refrigerate leftovers.