1 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup butter
2 Tbsp honey
1 cup chopped pecans
1 (1 pound) loaf French bread, cut into ½ inch slices
2 cups chopped ham
6 eggs, beaten
1 2/3 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Combine brown sugar and honey in a 1 qt saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar melts (2 – 3 minutes). Pour into ungreased 13 X 9 in baking pan. Sprinkle with pecans. Top with half of the bread slices; sprinkle with ham.
Combine eggs, milk and vanilla in a large bowl; beat until well mixed. Dip remaining bread slices in egg mixture on one side only. Place over ham, dipped side down. Pour remaining egg mixture over bread slices.
Combine sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl; sprinkle over top. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
Heat oven to 350°. Bake, uncovered, 50 – 55minutes or until golden brown and a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes. Cut into 8 servings. Invert onto serving plates. Serve with maple syrup if desired.