Creme Brulee French Toast


    Makes 6 servings

    1/2 cup unsalted butter

    1 cup packed brown sugar
    2 tablespoons corn syrup
    6 (1-inch thick) slices French bread
    5 eggs

    1 1/2 cups half-and-half cream
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon brandy-based orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier®)
    1/4 teaspoon salt

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Mix in brown sugar and corn syrup, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a 9x13 inch baking dish.

Remove crusts from bread, and arrange in the baking dish in a single layer. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half, vanilla extract, orange brandy, and salt. Pour over the bread. Cover, and chill at least 8 hours, or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove the dish from the refrigerator, and bring to room temperature.

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