8 cups 1" waffle pieces
6 large egg yolks
1-1/2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
10 slices center cut bacon, cooked until somewhat crisp, broken into pieces
1 tablespoon butter, melted (plus more for buttering dish)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make homemade waffles. Cut into bite-sized pieces and place on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes to crisp them up. Remove and turn oven temperature up to 375 degrees.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine egg yolks, milk, cream, syrup, vanilla and kosher salt. Mix well until combined. Add crisped waffle pieces and bacon. Stir mixture together until waffles pieces are coated with the egg mixture. Let sit for 30 minutes, stirring several times.
Pour mixture into a buttered 8 x 8 baking dish and press down until it fits. Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes. Remove foil during last 20 minutes of baking. Remove from the oven and brush top with melted butter. Serve warm.