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Pear Filled French Vanilla Toast

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Ingredients:
1 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
1 stick butter
2 Tbsp water
1 28 oz. can sliced pears
4 cups crumbled french bread
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
9 eggs
2 cups milk or vanilla ice cream
2 tsp vanilla

Melt brown sugar and vanilla over medium heat. Add water and continue heating until mixture bubbles. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour mixture into a 9x6x2 well greased pan. Slice pear slices again to thin them and place close together in the sauce in bottom of pan. Sprinkle crumbled french bread over pears, covering with approximately 1 1/2" of bread. Sprinkle chopped nuts over bread. Beat remaining ingredients until well blended and pour evenly over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 350. Uncover and bake for 40 minutes or until bread puffs up. Serve with pecan maple syrup. Serves 6.