This Creme Brulee French Toast Casserole makes for a fantastic breakfast or brunch treat. Mainly because all the prep work is done the night before, and you have to pop it in the oven in the morning.
- 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
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- 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 butter a 9x13 baking pan heavily. Slice bread into 1/2" thick slices and then cut slices into cubes. Combine remaining cinnamon and 1 T sugar. Add bread cubes to the pan and toss with cinnamon sugar mixture. Pour custard mixture over bread cubes, pressing cubes down with a spoon to thoroughly soak the bread. Cover with foil and refrigerate at least one hour or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Bake approximately 40-50 minutes until golden brown and set. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the remaining 3-4 T of sugar over the top of the casserole in an even, dense 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.
Recipe and Photo: Homemade by Holman