Monday, March 24, 2008

Creme Brulee French Toast

posted by Vera
I haven't tried this, but saw it on the Today Show web-site and thought it sounded good. If someone tries it, let us know how it turns out!

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons corn syrup
an 8-9 inch round loaf country-style bread
5 large eggs
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a small heavy saucepan melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup over moderate heat, stirring, until smooth and pour into a 13x9x2 inch baking dish. Cut six 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.
In a bowl whisk together eggs, half-and-half, vanilla and salt until combined well and pour evenly over bread. Chill mixture, covered, at least 8 hours and up to 1 day.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bring bread t room temperature.
Bake bread mixture, uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden, 35-40 minutes.
Serve hot French Toast immediately.

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