I have seen this recipe all over the internet and it’s in many, many cookbooks and for good reason I think. While it may not taste taste exactly like creme brulee, it has enough of the flavor to make a very special breakfast.
I like this recipe because it’s put together the night before and baked in the morning ~ which is perfect for us non-morning people! The recipe called for French bread but I use a loaf of challah and it worked perfectly. I did not remove the crusts since they were soft. Oh and please use the Grand Marnier brand of orange liqueur ~ it’s worth it! There is no need for syrup since the brown sugar mixture will be your syrup.
This is how it looks coming out of the oven:
This is how it looks when you take a piece out and flip it over:
Creme Brulee French Toast
1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsps light corn syrup
6 slices French, crusts removed
1 1/2 cups half and half (I used fat free)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp Grand Marnier
1/4 tsp salt
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Mix in the brown sugar and corn syrup and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour this mixture into a 9×13 baking dish.
Arrange bread in the baking dish on top of the sugar mixture in a single layer. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half, vanilla, Grand Marnier, and salt. Pour over the bread in the pan. Cover and put in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight.
In the morning, preheat the oven to 350º. I put the dish on the counter while the oven is heating to take off the chill.
Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes until puffed and lightly browned. Mine gets very puffy but settles down as it cools.
Makes 6 servings.