Tuesday, October 4, 2011

31 days of warming up to the holidays: {day 4} crème brulée french toast

Christmas for me growing up involved waking up very early to open presents at our house, getting dressed, and driving a few miles to my grandparents’ house for breakfast and more present opening! My grandma always had a fabulous spread of food, including a breakfast casserole or two. 
This Crème Brulée French Toast casserole would be a perfect Christmas morning breakfast.  I love the idea of putting breakfast together the night before, while Santa’s elves (or Daddy) are busy putting the last of the toys together,  refrigerate it, and bake it on Christmas morning. 
Here are the ingredients you'll need:

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. corn syrup
  • 1 loaf French bread, sliced (I get the fresh French loaves at Wal-Mart)
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
The night before you want to serve your casserole:
  1. Spray your casserole dish with a nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Melt butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup together until blended. Pour in the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole dish, making sure the bottom is covered.
  3. Arrange the bread slices in the pan over the syrup. Depending on the size of your slices/loaf, you might have to squish the pieces together. Mine don't usually end up in a single layer, but more overlapping each other a little. I like it this way, because then the bottom of the bread is gooey and the top is a little more crunchy.
  4. Whisk together the eggs, half and half, vanilla, and salt. Pour over the top.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing down to make sure the bread soaks up all the cream mixture. Refrigerate for 8-24 hours.
In the morning:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bring casserole to room temperature. Bake for 40 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top of each piece as it is being served!
Try it...I promise that it'll be a hit and your house will smell wonderful on Christmas morning!

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  1. Did you say cremem brulee and french toast? Wow! This sounds really good! We've made a tradition of having my husband's family over for breakfast on Christmas mornings, and I'm always looking for new recipes to try. I definitely want to give this a try.

  2. I think you may have posted this last year - and I made this - and we LOVE it!! Its in the regular rotation we love it so much!!


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