Close-up of Butter Pecan French Toast, as seen on The Pioneer Woman, season 31.
Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Butter Pecan French Toast

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
This dish is a fabulous twist on traditional French toast. Substituting French bread for regular sliced bread and adding bourbon to the sauce makes it a real showstopper that's perfect for breakfast, brunch or even dessert.



  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat and melt 2 tablespoons of the butter.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the milk, eggs, 1/4 cup of the brown sugar, the cinnamon, and vanilla. Whisk together until everything’s combined and smooth.
  3. One by one, dunk the slices of bread into the egg mixture and place them on the buttery skillet.
  4. Fit as many slices in the skillet as you can, cooking them until golden on the first side, about 2 1/2 minutes. Flip to cook them on the other side for about 2 minutes. Remove them to a plate. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter to the skillet and repeat with the rest of the bread slices until they’re all cooked.
  5. To the same skillet, add the remaining 4 tablespoons butter, the remaining 1 cup of brown sugar, and the salt. Stir and cook over medium heat until the butter and sugar are melted and bubbling, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off the heat completely, pour in the bourbon and stir, allowing the fumes to dissipate for about 1 minute. Turn the stove on medium heat and continue to stir and cook for another minute, or until the mixture is starting to thicken. Add the pecans, stir to combine. Keep cooking the sauce, stirring constantly, until the mixture is deep golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Be careful not to cook it too long as it will become chewy, you want a nice caramelly sauce. Turn off the heat.
  6. Serve two pieces of French toast with a little butter. Sift over some powdered sugar.
  7. Spoon on a generous amount of the sauce then top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon.