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    Default Baked Butter Pecan French Toast

    1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    1/2 cup butter or margarine
    2 tablespoons honey
    1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
    1 (1-pound) loaf French bread, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
    2 cups (8 ounces) finely chopped ham
    6 large eggs, beaten
    1 2/3 cups milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
    Maple syrup, if desired

    Combine brown sugar, butter and honey in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar melts (2 to 3 minutes). Pour into ungreased 13x9-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 for 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.

    Makes 8 servings.

    *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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