Crème Brûlée French Toast

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By Lori Heddinger
from Brooklyn, NY

Every year my husband and I throw a big New Year's Day brunch. We wear our favorite pajamas and serve some Hair-of-the-Dog and lots to eat, including this crowd-pleaser. And the best part is it's assembled the night before and cooked just before the guest arrive.

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serves 6 - 8
prep time 15 Min
cook time 40 Min

Ingredients

  •   1 stick
    unsalted butter
  •   1 c
    packed brown sugar
  •   2 Tbsp
    corn syrup, light
  •   1
    french baguette
  •   5 large
    eggs
  •   1 1/2 c
    half-and-half
  •   1 tsp
    real vanilla extract
  •   1 tsp
    grand marnier
  •   1/4 tsp
    salt

How To Make

  • 1
    In a small heavy saucepan melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup over moderate heat, stirring, until smooth and pour into a 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking dish. Cut six 1-inch thick slices from center portion of bread, reserving ends for another use, and trim crusts. Arrange bread slices in one layer in baking dish, squeezing them slightly to fit.
  • 2
    In a bowl whisk together eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, Grand Marnier, and salt until combined well and pour evenly over bread. Chill bread mixture, covered, at least 8 hours and up to 1 day.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 350° F. and bring bread to room temperature.
  • 4
    Bake bread mixture, uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden, 35 to 40 minutes.
  • 5
    Serve hot French toast immediately.

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