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Best Brunch Recipes: $1.99 a Serving and Better Than Paula Deen's Version

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With the new year fast approaching, I’m looking to make a delicious brunch, and I’m sure you are too.

My New Year’s Resolution includes becoming a better cook and saving money along the way.

Well, that’s why I decided to make a good recipe better.

I’ll explain how to alter Paula Deen’s recipe, give the total cost to purchase the ingredients, break the cost down per serving, and show you how to save a recipe when the link is unpinnable on Pinterest.

Here’s one of the best brunch recipes that’s inexpensive.

I enjoyed Paula Deen’s Baked French Toast Casserole Recipe  but I made a healthier version for Christmas morning. I think it would be a hit on New Year’s Day too or any day you want to make and easy yet impressive brunch.

I deleted one of the sticks of butter. It asked for 2 sticks. I also put a ½ cup or milk and a half cup of half and half. Her recipe calls for more but I thought it was a little too soggy on the bottom that way. You can also substitute the french bread for multi-grain bread, if you like. One of the ingredients is nutmeg. I didn’t have it and didn’t purchase it. It still tasted great without it.

I’m sharing this now because I thought the dish works well for New Year’s Day.  If you have plans New Year’s Eve, you can prepare this beforehand. The prep time is only about 20 minutes. The recipe calls for it to sit in the fridge overnight covered with foil. Then just pop it in the oven when you want to bake it the next day at 350. I even prepared the topping in advance. I just didn’t add the butter to the topping until the next day. The topping ingredients sat in the fridge overnight too and they were fine. I just recommend putting a cookie sheet under your baking dish in case anything bubbles over.


Items Purchased and Price:

Baguette 2.50

2% Milk 3.09

Half and Half 2.69

Eggs  2.50

Cinnamon(already had)

Karo Syrup 2.99

Pecans 6.99

Brown Sugar 2.50

The total cost of the ingredients is 23.25.

This recipe serves 6-8 people.

We fed 4 adults and 2 children and didn’t even finish the whole casserole.

The total cost to make this is 11.98.

If I assume your guests eat more and you serve six people, this is 1.99 per serving!

I used a cooking conversion calculator to figure out the price per serving.

I am infamous for losing my recipes (and spelling Paula’s last name wrong). This recipe was not pinnable on Pinterest but I made it “pinnable”. I just posted the link to the recipe underneath a photo of Paula so I could find it again, nicely organized on my Pinterest boards. Also, be sure to use all of your food using the Receipt Reference Technique.

If you like this free, money-saving information, tell the world. It would be great if you shared it.

Also, leave a comment below about a favorite money-saving recipe. Happy New Year. 😀






















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