2 Apple Pears, peeled, cored & diced
1 loaf of French or Italian Bread, preferably a day old so it is slightly stale
4 large eggs
6 large egg yolks
3 cups milk
2 cups 1/2 & 1/2
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp chia seeds, optional
1 cup pecans, halved or chopped
Vanilla pudding, for serving
Cut up french bread into 1 inch cubes, toss into the crock pot.
Add in the diced Apple Pears, pecans, and chia seeds.
In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, egg yolks, half & half, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar using a hand immersion blender or a whisk.
Pour over the bread and stir 1-2 times to coat all the bread and distribute the Apple Pears and Pecans throughout.
Cover and heat on low for 3 1/2 - 4 hours, until set. (About 3/4 of the way through, I removed the lid and gently separated the edge from the pot so the liquid would absorb lower then re-covered the pot)
Serve with a side of vanilla pudding or custard.