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Creme Brulee French Toast Casserole

 Creme Brulee French Toast Casserole




This Creme Brulee French Toast Casserole makes for a fantastic breakfast or brunch treat. Especially because all the prep work is done the night before and you just have to pop it in the oven in the morning.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large loaf of French bread
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 cup plus 4-5 T sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 T vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 T unsalted butter


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine eggs, milk, 1 cup sugar, salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, vanilla, orange juice, and 2 T melted butter in a large bowl. Whisk together until well incorporated. Use remaining butter to heavily butter a 9x13 baking pan. Slice bread into 1/2" thick slices and then cut slices into cubes. Combine remaining cinnamon and 1 T sugar. Add bread cubes to pan and toss with cinnamon sugar mixture. Pour custard mixture over bread cubes, pressing cubes down with a spoon to thoroughly soak bread. Cover with foil and refrigerate at least one hour or overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Bake approximately 40-50 minutes until golden brown and set. Remove from the oven and sprinkle remaining 3-4 T of sugar over the top of the casserole in an even, heavy layer. Set broiler on high and return to oven or use a kitchen torch to caramelize the sugar. The sugar will turn brown and liquefy and then harden as it cools. Serve warm with maple syrup if desired.
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