Bobby’s Lighter Baked French Toast Casserole

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By Bobby Deen

501 Less Calories
182 mg Less Cholesterol

1(12.5-ounce) loaf whole-wheat French bread, cut into 18 slices (3/4-inch-thick slices)
3 cups low-fat milk
1 cup fat-free half-and-half
3 large eggs
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
11/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons light stick butter
1 1/2 cups light raspberry syrup
Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Arrange bread slices in the baking dish.

Whisk together the milk, half-and-half, eggs, egg whites, granulated sugar, vanilla,
1 teaspoon cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Pour the milk mixture over the bread slices, coating the bread slices evenly with the liquid. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

To make the topping, combine the brown sugar, pecans, butter, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the bread. Bake, uncovered, until puffed and golden, about 45 minutes. Serve with the syrup.

Prep Time: Day ahead
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Yield: 12 servings   (1/12th casserole with 2 tablespoons raspberry syrup)

Per Serving: 226 Cal; 8 g Protein; 6 g Tot Fat; 2 g Sat Fat; 2 g Mono Fat; 46 g Carb; 2 g Fiber; 16 g Sugar; 132 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 300 mg Sodium; 69 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of Bobby Deen and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

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Hi ya all! It had been my family's pleasure to have you enter our home each day. We miss seeing you. We have driven to Savanna, ate at your wonderful restaurant, stood in line a good long time to buy and get your signature at a book signing, (taken picures of you)bought all your books and keep up with the magazines. Needless to say you warmed our hearts and our tummys. We understand the old traditional communications, which were taken out of context. Old cultural habits are sometimes hard to break, and we totally accept that. Glad to see your boys keeping up the legacy you have made. We agree with one of your bloggers who said you should start up your own family network. You still have a tremendous following that totally supports you, so think about it. We wish you much love, comfort and success as always.

By Diane W on October 07, 2013


This recipe is great! The only issue I've run into the last two times baking it is that it needs about 20 mins longer than the recipe says to bake. It's delicious!!!

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Paula, I love you and your family and I wish all the best to you! Never quit doing what you are doing, no matter what anybody says! I can't afford to buy your whole set of pans, even though they are gorgeous, what is your favorite pan or cooking utensil you couldn't get along without. When I get back to work (I work in a school cafeteria, so I'm unemployed in the summer)I would like to invest in your pans and cookbooks! You and your sons should start your own network like Oprah did, that will show the Food network where to go! Love you Paula Deen!

By Connie Hatle on June 26, 2013


mark check this recipe out!!

By mark on March 16, 2013


Hey Bobby, I make your mother's French Toast Casserole every year for Xmas morning. Was wondering, if you think I could use eggbeaters instead of the eggs. I also would try using Fat Free half n half. What do you think?

By claire on January 07, 2013


I love to make my Family French Toast for Christmas Morning. I will definitely try the lighter version this year. Do you have a lighter version for Potatoe casserole? Wishining you and Your Family a Merry Chritsmas! Terri

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By Nancy Bay on December 04, 2012

I like your food sead me some of your recipes

By Crystal Clevenger hatton on April 20, 2010

This is a great feature for those of us who like to cook healthy, great addition to the website!

By Sharon on January 10, 2010

Sounds good for brunch, thanks.

By Lynn on January 06, 2010

If making for adults, I add two T of brandy.  Wow, say my guests.

By marzi on January 06, 2010

Can’t wait to try this receipe. Sounds so delicious. I see more cooking in my kitchen with these new Bobby Lightens It Up receipes. What a great way to start a new year! THANKS!

By Lynn on January 05, 2010

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
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Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
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