A sweet, nutty crumble offers the perfect balance to this uniquely prepared French Toast recipe–optimal for serving at a holiday brunch or as dessert to the main meal. (Or a mid-day snack. We won’t tell.)
Spread out bread on a rimmed baking sheet; let stand overnight.
Butter a 13×9” baking dish. Cut bread so slices are similar in size. Arrange, overlapping, in rows in prepared dish.
Whisk eggs, egg yolks, cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl. Pour over bread, pressing bread to help it soak up custard. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Pulse pecans, butter, brown sugar, and salt in a food processor until Pecans are coarsely chopped. Scatter pecan crumble over soaked bread.
Place dish on a rimmed baking sheet and cover tightly with foil. Bake until warmed through (a knife inserted into the center should feel warm to the touch), 25 to 30 minutes.
Remove foil and bake until deeply browned, 35 to 40 minutes longer. Let cool slightly before serving with fresh berries.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.