Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sunday Brunch │ Orange Crème Brûlée French Toast Recipe

I got a wild hair Sunday and wanted french toast.  then I saw oranges that needed to be used up and thought?  Hmmmm.  Here is what I did.

  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3⁄4 cup milk
  • 3⁄4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1⁄4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbs. Grand Marnier (I used orange extract since you can't buy booze here before noon on Sundays)
  • 6 slices brioche, each 1 3⁄4 inches thick
  • Softened unsalted butter for cooking and serving
  • 6 tsp. granulated sugar
  • Maple syrup for serving

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, milk, orange juice, brown sugar, vanilla, orange zest, salt and Grand Marnier until blended. Soak the bread slices in the egg mixture for 10 seconds per side. (This may take longer depending on how thick your bread is)

Set an electric fry pan to medium heat and brush with butter. When the pan is hot, cook the bread in batches (do not overcrowd), turning once, until golden and crisp, about 2 minutes per side. 

Transfer the French toast to a baking sheet. Sprinkle 1 tsp. granulated sugar evenly over the surface of each slice. Using a kitchen torch, move the flame continuously in small circles over the surface until the sugar melts and lightly browns. Serve immediately with maple syrup and butter.

It was devine and my toddler ate it all up and demanded more!

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