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French toast [french tohst]
noun
1. bread dipped in a batter of egg and milk and sautéed until brown, usually served with syrup or sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.

by Susan Andrews, inkeeper at Great River Inn Bed & Breakfast, Little Falls, MN.

photos by Naomi Andrews @ My Fair Olinda


Creme Brulee Baked French Toast

My inspiration Carlsbad Cravings

The beauty of this recipe is that it feeds a crowd and you can make it up ahead of time and bake it in the morning!

Ingredients

     1/2 cup butter
     3/4 cup brown sugar
     1 loaf french bread, preferably a little old but fresh works too
     5 eggs
     1 1/2 cups half & half
     2 tbsp pure maple syrup
     1 tsp vanilla
     1/2 tsp orange extract
     1/2 tsp salt
     Cinnamon for sprinkling

Creme Brulee Baked French Toast

In a small pan melt butter and brown sugar. Stir until smooth.

Creme Brulee Baked French Toast

Pour mixture onto a greased jelly roll pan.

Creme Brulee Baked French Toast

Let cool slightly and spread over pan. Set aside.

Creme Brulee Baked French Toast

Cut french loaf into 1” slices

Creme Brulee Baked French Toast

and arrange on top of sugar mixture. As many as will fit or until your bread is gone. Set aside.

Creme Brulee Baked French Toast

In a mixing bowl

Creme Brulee Baked French Toast

add eggs,

Creme Brulee Baked French Toast

half & half, maple syrup, vanilla, orange extract and salt.

Creme Brulee Baked French Toast

Beat until well combined. A minute should do it.

Creme Brulee Baked French Toast

Spoon over sliced bread. Repeat until egg mixture is gone.

Place in fridge overnight to chill and let the bread soak up all that egg. If you are making it right away then just let it sit for a few minutes. I have made it both ways. You can’t go wrong!

Creme Brulee Baked French Toast

When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350. While the oven is heating sprinkle the tops of your bread with cinnamon.

Creme Brulee Baked French Toast

This will make your house smell amazing while it bakes! Bake for 25-30 minutes!

Creme Brulee Baked French Toast

Plate the french toast, top with fruit (this is excellent paired with fresh strawberries but you can use whatever you like or what is in season) and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. This is utterly, completely, seriously, insanely good! Your family or guests will thank you and probably ask for the recipe!

Great served with bacon and Hashbrown egg nests. Get the recipe here.