Creme Brule French Toast
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
1 C packed brown sugar
2 TBLS. corn syrup
6 thick slices of unsliced Challa or Italian Bread Loaf(The challa doesn’t soak up as much of the liquid–but some guests like the moister Italian Bread Loaf)
5 large eggs
1 1/2 C. half-and-half
1 TSP. vanilla
1 TSP. Grand Marnier or some other orange liquor
1/4 TSP. salt
Chopped Pecans to place on bottom of pan (optional)
1. In a small heavy saucepan, melt butter and add brown sugar and corn syrup(can be the dark or light kind) over moderate heat, stirring until smoothe.
2. Pour into a 13 X 9 X 2 inch baking dish that has been sprayed with Pam and if you wish, add either whole or crushed pecans. Arrange bread slices in one layer in baking dish on top of brown sugar/butter/pecan mixture, squeezing the slices slightly to fit.
3. In a bowl or blender, whisk/beat together eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, Grand Marnier, and salt until well combined. Pour evenly over bread.
4. Chill bread mixture, covered, at least 8 hours ahead and up to 1 day.
Preheat oven to 350 F, and bring bread mixture to room temp.
Bake bread mixture, uncovered, in middle of oven till puffed and edges are pale golden–about 35 to 40 minutes. If the top of the bread at the end is not brown enough for your taste, turn on the broiler for a couple of seconds–but watch CAREFULLY because the browning can go faster than you think.)
Sprinkle with powered sugar and serve immediately with cut fresh fruit, preserves, and/or maple syrup on the side.
Margot Van Horn Owner/Innkeeper
May 15, 2012 Apple Stuffed French Toast Dripping in Caramel Sauce
In reading the latest PAII email newsletter, Jeanne Sager, who writes for the Stir, offered this variation on the above. It definitely sounds very much sweeter, but for those with that intense sweet tooth to satisfy here it is:
Use the same recipe as above only instead of 6 thick slices of Challa or Brioche, cut the slices in 12 1/2 inch pieces.
You’ll also need 1 C. chopped pecans and 2 tart apples, peeled, and sliced thinly
Instead of 5 eggs, you’ll need 6 eggs
Instead 1 C. half & half, it calls for one & half C. milk
In the egg, milk mixture, add 1 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon, 1 Tsp. vanila, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, and some salt to taste
Put the melted butter, brown sugar, & corn syrup in your 13 X 9 inch oven dish; place 1/2 of the bread in it; place the pecans and sliced apples on top; then place the second layer of bread. Pour the egg/milk mixture over all; refrigerate overnight and cook in 35o oven 35 to 40 minutes.
There’s a Caramel Sauce to pour on top:
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. cubed butter
1 Tblsp corn syrup
Cook these ingredients in a small pan until smooth and bubbly. Use to pour over the French Toast.