I had 2 cans of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls in my fridge, left from a 4-pack I bought at Sam's at holiday time.
What to do? What to do?
I headed over to Pillsbury.com and yes, there they were, handing out bake-off recipes for free. How can that possibly ever be bad? And really??? I've never used a Bake-Off recipe that wasn't delicious. Now this one is a tad different. Because you add the maple syrup in, it sinks to the bottom and the "French Toast" bakes up so you serve it like upside down cake. My problem with it wasn't the taste, but how soggy the syrup made the bottom. Next time I make this I'm doing it without the syrup and adding that per serving afterwards because the soggy bottom wasn't a crowd pleaser. I used real maple syrup... And that's thinner, so it might work better with imitation but the recipe didn't say that.
The taste of the French Toast part was wonderful. Great consistency. A little chewy, but a nice chewy if you know what I mean. I also think it would be good with a cream cheese layer in the middle, but I want to practice that one before I pretend to know measurements, LOL!
So here we go:
Necessary ingredients for this 13 x 9 pan of delicious goodness:
1/4 Cup Land O Lakes Butter, melted
2 cans Pillsbury refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
1/2 Cup heavy Whipping Cream
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup Fisher Chef's Naturals Chopped Pecan
1 cup maple syrup
Icing from cinnamon rolls
1/2 cup maple syrup, if desired
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Pour melted butter into 13 x 9" glass baking dish. (I'll give a quick shout-out to Pyrex right here, because I love my Pyrex dishes!) Separate both cans of rolls. Cut each roll into 8 pieces.
Place pieces over butter in dish. In medium bowl, beat eggs. Beat in cream, cinnamon and vanilla until well blended. This is where my hand small whisk comes in well... handy!
Gently pour over cut-up pieces in pan. Sprinkle with pecans (which are not called PEE-CAAANS like this Yank is likely to do... I was informed in Nashville that it's "Peh-caaahhhhhns". Oy. Southerners. But that drawl has been known to CHARM MEN.... I'm just sayin'...)
Drizzle with the 1 cup of maple syrup. And yes, I use real syrup. I like the dark amber because it's got a richer, more mapley taste. And that is always a good thing, right?
And it's cheaper. A win/win.
And here is what it looks like fresh out of the oven:
Warm icing cups. Drizzle over French Toast Bake...