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Makes 8 servings

  • 1 baguette
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2teaspoon freshly, grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup pecans (about 3 ozs.)
  • 112 stick (114 cup) unsalted butter.

Butter a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Cut 24 I-inch slices from baguette and arrange in one layer in baking dish. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, milk, nutmeg, vanilla and 3/4 cup brown sugar and pour evenly over bread. Chill mixture, covered, until all liquid is absorbed by bread, at least 8 hours, and up to 1 day. Preheat to 350 degrees.

  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups blueberries (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 cup blueberries (about 6 ounces) 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

In a shallow baking pan spread pecans evenly and toast in middle of oven until fragrant, about 8 minutes. Toss pecans in pan with 1 teaspoon butter and salt.

Increase temperature to 400 degrees.

Sprinkle pecans and blueberries evenly over bread mixture. Cut 112 stick butter into pieces and in a small saucepan heat with remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, stirring until butter is melted. Drizzle butter mixture over bread and bake mixture 20 minutes, or until any liquid from blueberries is bubbling.

Make syrup: In a small saucepan cook blueberries maple syrup over moderate heat until berries have burst, about 3 minutes. Pour syrup through a sieve into a heatproof pitcher, pressing on solids, and stir in lemon juice. Syrup may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Reheat syrup before serving

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  • Waco’s Other Cotton Palace

    Waco’s Other Cotton Palace

    It’s a busy weekend in Waco!

    Waco’s history as the cotton capital of Texas is celebrated every year with an elaborate production known as the Cotton Palace Pageant, taking place this year on Friday, April 24, 2015. Events take place over the course of the weekend, attracting visitors from all over the state who come to both enjoy and participate in the event. (For more information about the history of the Cotton Palace, check out the Waco History app at www.wacohistory.org.)

    According to resident historian and former innkeeper, Dutch Schroeder, the Cotton Palace Bed and Breakfast draws on some of the same rich tradition in Waco history. 

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