6 large eggs
3 cups heavy whipping cream
3 cups milk
2 cups packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 (16-oz.) day-old French bread loaf, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 14 cups)
2 cups coarsely chopped toasted pecans
1. Whisk together first 7 ingredients in a large bowl. Add bread cubes, stirring to coat thoroughly. Let stand 1 hour, stirring occasionally to ensure an even coating. Stir in pecans.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 13- x 9-inch baking dish; pour bread mixture into dish. Bake in preheated oven until bubbly around edges and firm in center, about 1 hour, shielding with aluminum foil after 45 to 50 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Let stand 5 minutes. Serve with Praline Sauce.
Stir 1/2 pound unsalted butter, heavy cream, and brown sugar together in a heavy saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, stir pecans into the cream mixture, and simmer until the sugar is dissolved and the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes; pour over bread pudding to serve.