Friday, January 30, 2009

Creme Brulee French toast (Carrie)


Wonderful breakfast food! A favorite for Christmas morning!

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsp corn syrup
1 (8-9") loaf challah bread
5 large eggs
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp Grand Marnier (optional)
1/4 tsp salt

-In small heavy sauce pan, melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup over moderate heat; stirring until smooth
-pour into 13 x 9 x 2" baking dish
-cut 6 (1" thick) slices from center of bread and trim crusts (I really do not trim too much though)
-arrange bread slices in one layer in baking dish, squeezing them slightly to fit
-in a bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half, vanilla, Grand Marnier and salt until combined
-pour evenly over bread
-chill bread mixture, covered, at least 8 hours and up to one day
-preheat oven to 350 and bring bread mixture to room temperature
-bake bread mixture, uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden (35-40 mins)


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