Creme Brulee French Toast

We love casseroles and brunch! So when you combine these two favorites into one easy to make, crowd pleasing Creme Brulee French Toast, we think that’s divine. We’ve been making this recipe for years and it’s graced many a special occasion table. It’s one of the best make a head meal centerpieces and it can be doubled, tripled or quadrupled for larger groups. We think it’s pretty special – special enough to make it our very first Divalicious recipe! It’s best prepared the night before you plan on baking and serving it and it’s equally as delicious reheated the day after it first comes out of the oven. But don’t count on having any leftovers. Whether you make this for Easter Brunch, a ladies luncheon in spring, a baby shower in summer or for Christmas morning this winter, we hope you’ll enjoy sharing this Creme Brulee French Toast with your friends and family just as much as we enjoy sharing it with all of you Domestic Divas!


Creme Brulee French Toast Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Loaf Challah or French Bread
  • 5 Large Eggs
  • 1½ Cups Whole or Lowfat Milk
  • 1 Tablsepoon Vanilla
  • 2 Teaspoons Grand Marnier (May Substitute Orange Juice)
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt

 

Directions

Remove the crusts and ends of the bread and slice into six, 1” slices. In a saucepan, on medium low heat, melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup, stirring until smooth. Pour sugar mixture into 9” x 13” baking dish and allow to set for a few minutes. Arrange sliced bread in the casserole dish accordingly. Whisk together remaining ingredients until smooth and pour over bread. Chill 8 hours (or overnight), bring to room temperature and bake at 350° for 35–40 minutes until puffed and edges just begin to brown. Serve hot or room temperature.


 

This is Challah bread. Available at most supermarkets. It's a rich egg bread. For ths recipe it is preferred over French - but either will do well!
This is Challah bread. Available at most supermarkets. It’s a rich egg bread. For ths recipe it is preferred over French – but either will do well!
Remove the crust. Some edges will remain - not to worry. You want to retain as much of the crumb as possible.
Remove the crust. Some edges will remain – not to worry. You want to retain as much of the crumb as possible.
Stir the topping well to ensure a smooth, fully blended product. You do not want the butter to separate or float on the topping. Pour the topping into your casserole dish and rotate the dish to evenly distribute
Stir the topping well to ensure a smooth, fully blended product. You do not want the butter to separate or float on the topping. Pour the topping into your casserole dish and rotate the dish to evenly distribute
Arrange the slices of bread. There's no right or wrong way - the result is different every time.
Arrange the slices of bread. There’s no right or wrong way – the result is different every time.
Pour the custard over the arranged bread. Allowing the dish to set overnight is best. But in a pinch, we've had success letting it soak for just two hours.
Pour the custard over the arranged bread. Allowing the dish to set overnight is best. But in a pinch, we’ve had success letting it soak for just two hours.
The final product will be puffed - but don't be alarmed when it deflates - quickly. Let the casserole rest for a few minutes to allow the topping to set and soak into the tender French toast. Cut into individual servings and use a spatula to flip each piece right side up revealing the delicious brulee caramel topping. No syrup needed - it's perfect just as it is and Divalcious! Enjoy...
The final product will be puffed – but don’t be alarmed when it deflates – quickly. Let the casserole rest for a few minutes to allow the topping to set and soak into the tender French toast. Cut into individual servings and use a spatula to flip each piece right side up revealing the delicious brulee caramel topping. No syrup needed – it’s perfect just as it is and Divalcious! Pack it up in the Domestic Diva LA Insulated Casserole Carrier and take it to go to your favorite brunch spot and enjoy.

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