In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over moderate heat. Beat eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until well blended. Sprinkle a heaping tablespoon of pecans onto a small plate. Dip one slice of bread in egg mixture to coat both sides, then press one side into pecans on plate. Repeat with another slice of bread.
Cook slices, pecan side down, about 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn and brown other side. Transfer to platter, cover and keep warm in a low oven; repeat dipping and cooking remaining slices, adding more butter as necessary to the skillet. Serve with maple syrup.
Nutrition information per slice with 1 tablespoon maple syrup: Calories: 262; Protein: 6g; Carbohydrate: 31g; Fiber: 1g; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 89mg; Sodium: 279mg.