I had family in visiting for the weekend and so I made us all a nice Sunday breakfast, which was fun for me. Living alone, you don't always do the big comfort food kind of meals.I made my personal favorite, Creme Brulee French toast, with fresh fruit, sausage and bacon. Yes, a bit of an overkill in the meat department, but hey, I said it was for company.
Anyway, I thought you'd like the recipe for this more-calories-than-any-one-woman-should-consume-in-a-week dish. 'Coz, it's that yummy, and it can be prepped the night before. (Oh, and by the way, it's the same good recipe I used for this party.)
It's Creme Brulee French Toast, according to my recipe title, but it's actually not creme brulee like at all. What it is, is a slice of heaven on a breakfast plate, that's for sure. Here is the recipe:
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1 C. packed brown sugar
2 T. maple syrup
1/2 t. rum extract
1 country-style bread (an 8- to 9-inch round)
1 3/4 C. half-and-half
1 t. vanilla extract
2 teaspoons Grand Marnier
1/4 t. salt
Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter with the sugar, maple syrup, and rum extract. Pour the mixture into the dish.
Cut six 1 1/2-inch thick slices from the center of the bread. Arrange the bread slices in one layer in the baking dish, squeezing them slightly so they fit.
In a bowl, whisk the eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, Grand Marnier, and salt. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 8 hours and for up to one day.
Let the dish sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Set the oven at 350° F.
Uncover the dish and bake the French toast for 35 to 40 minutes or until puffed and golden. Serve at once.
Do yourself a big favor sometime soon and make this recipe for someone you love. You'll be glad (and so will they) that you did.