Casserole: Cut loaf of French bread into 1-inch slices. Arrange slices in
buttered 13 x 9-inch pan, cutting or breaking pieces to fit and squeezing in
bits and pieces of bread so there is barely any space between slices.
Combine eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg
and salt. Beat with whisk until blended but not bubbly. Pour evenly over bread
slices, spooning some mixture in between cracks. Chill, covered, overnight.
The next morning, prepare Praline Topping and spread over casserole.
Bake at 350 degrees F, uncovered, for 40 minutes, or until puffed and light
brown. Serve with maple syrup or honey.
Praline Topping: Combine all ingredients. Spread over casserole as directed.