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This creme brulee french toast is one of my favorite go to breakfasts. It also makes the perfect Easter breakfast recipe if you are looking for one. What I love about this creme brulee french toast recipe is how easy it is to make because the prep work is all done the night before. So in the morning, you just pop it in the oven and 40 minutes later you have breakfast! This makes this breakfast perfect for holidays, especially Easter and Christmas. This way you get to enjoy all the morning fun as well, instead of spending all your time in the kitchen.
I have been making this recipe as a part of our Christmas morning breakfast, paired with an egg casserole, for over 5 years now. I have tweaked the recipe several times, and now it is perfect! Only having this dish for Christmas breakfast isn’t enough, so we decided to add it to our Easter morning breakfast. It will pair well with the hard boiled eggs you decorated, or our favorite, a variety of fruit. If you haven’t colored your eggs yet, check out how you can dye your eggs using whip cream here. These eggs turned out super cool, almost galaxy looking!
How to make Creme Brulee French Toast:
First, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Mix in brown sugar and maple syrup, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a 9×13 baking dish. Swirl the baking dish until the bottom is evenly coated.
Slice the bread into about 1 inch slices, diagonally. Arrange bread in the baking dish in a single layer. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk*, vanilla extract, almond extract** and salt. Pour over the bread and sprinkle cinnamon on top.
* The original recipe called for half-and-half instead of milk. I have used both the half-and-half and 2% milk and both come out perfect. So for this, just use your milk of preference.
** You can change the flavoring by changing the type of extract you use. I sometimes use coconut extract or Grand Marnier (orange liqueur) instead of almond extract.
Cover and chill at least 8 hours, to overnight. During this time, the bread will soak up all the liquid yumminess! When you are ready to cook, it is suggested you remove from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature and preheat the oven to 350 degrees before baking. I never do this. I pull it straight out the refrigerator and put it into the oven and let it gradually warm up as the oven preheats. This has always worked perfectly for me and makes it that much easier! Then bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees. The toast should be lightly toasted when it is done.
This creme brulee french toast is even more delicious than it looks!
We like to drizzle a little syrup over top before eating, but you don’t even need that. This creme brulee french toast is delicious as is! It is perfect because it cooks during our epic Easter egg hunt and then ready when we are ready to eat! It is also great for morning tailgates or breakfast to bring into the office. Hope you love this recipe as much as we do.
This delicious french toast is a family favorite! Especially because it is both easy to make and delicious!
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1-2 loaves french bread
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk your choice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp almond extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Then, mix in brown sugar and syrup, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a 9x13 baking dish and swirl the mixture to coat the bottom of the baking pan evenly.
Next, slice your bread into 1 inch thick slices, diagonally, and arrange in your baking dish in a single layer.
In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, almond extract and salt. Pour over the bread and sprinkle cinnamon on top.
Then, cover and chill for at least 8 hours, to overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove dish from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature.
Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned.