Family Friendly Fridays: Creme Brulee French Toast

Before I hand out the recipe this morning, I wanted to say a HUGE thanks to everyone that participated in the survey this week.  You gave me tons of great information and I’m excited to begin implementing it!  One of the suggestions mentioned was more family friendly recipes.  So in response, I’m going to dedicate Friday as “family friendly Friday”.  Each week I will attempt to add a new recipe that works great not only for you parents, but also for the kids that eat at your table with you.  I am also adding a weekly Friday McLinky below my signature where you are free to attach up any kid friendly link you’d wish.  It doesn’t have to just be a kid friendly meal.  Kid friendly craft projects, vacations, stories about your kids…. it’s all welcome.  So let’s all link up and have a great kid friendly Friday!  Alright, I know you’re ready for this tasty recipe, so let’s get to it!

If you read my blog on a regular basis, then you’ll know that today’s recipe for creme brulee french toast was inspired by an absolutely amazing meal I had while we were on vacation at The Tyler Place a few weeks back. The chefs there know their food inside and out; everything that I ate was delicious.  But it was this breakfast in particular that sent my taste-buds over the edge.

It was so good that I didn’t even need to add syrup to it.   My only regret is that I didn’t have my camera with me that morning to share a picture of the tasty morsel with you.

Ok, let’s stop and be honest for a minute.  We all know the picture would be for me just as much as it’s for you.  Remember back in high school how you’d hang pictures of your friends and boyfriends in your locker?  Well let me tell ya, my kitchen cabinets are my locker and that picture would have been front and center.  It’s, just that good.  I have requested the recipe and will hopefully receive it by the end of the summer.  So folks, watch my locker and my blog for a repeat of this little gem of a recipe.

To hold us over until then, you’ll have to live with my attempt to repeat it, which, while it’s easily the best french toast I’ve ever made (and I do mean ever), it’s still no Tyler Place french toast. Don’t worry though, it’s enough to get everyone asking for seconds, I promise.  So what are we waiting for, let’s get started!

Ingredients Needed:

1 Loaf of Challah Bread
1 Stick of Butter
1/4 Cup of Maple Syrup
3/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
1 tsp of Vanilla
7 eggs (or 1 egg per slice)
11/2 Cups of Half and Half (1/4 Cup per egg used)
2 Tbsp of Frangelico (Optional)

I just want to make a note for you all that this recipe is a two day project.  The french toast is assembled the night before and cooked the following morning.  So be sure to plan according when you go to put it together (and you will put it together, I just know it).

First up, slice your Challah into one inch pieces.  And I have to say, I can’t believe I had never worked with Challah before this recipe.  What an awesome loaf of bread!  I loved everything about it; the taste, the texture, the color, and the look.  It’s a perfect loaf to use for french toast.  Here’s mine before going under the knife.

Once cut up, my loaf yielded 7 slices + the ends which I didn’t use. Now you’re going to move over to your stove and add the stick of butter to your pan.  Melt it over medium heat.  Once it’s melted, add in your brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla.  Turn the heat up to medium high and let the whole shebang boil for a minute or two before removing it from the heat.

Grab the pan you’ll be cooking your french toast in and pour the brown sugar mixture into the bottom of it.

Ok, time to whip up the egg mixture.  Whisk up in a bowl your eggs, half and half and, if you’re using it, the frangelico.

Layer your bread pieces into your pan on top of the brown sugar mixture.  Pour the eggs over your bread, making sure to completely soak each piece.  As you can see, it took two dishes to house all my bread.<

Shake a light coating of brown sugar over the top of the bread and then cover it up and let it sit in the refridge overnight to allow all the eggy goodness to soak into the bread.

The next morning when you pull it out and uncover it, let it sit and warm up to room temperature for about a half hour or so and then simply throw it into your oven preheated to 350 degrees.   Cook it up until the pieces begin to puff and turn a beautiful golden brown; about 35 to 40 minutes.  And here’s what you should have.

Oh yum.  Enough said.  All the kiddos who are about to get this for breakfast, you can start thanking me now.

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Creme Brulee French Toast

Ingredients:

1 Loaf of Challah Bread
1 Stick of Butter
1/4 Cup of Maple Syrup
3/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
1 tsp of Vanilla
7 eggs (or 1 egg per slice)
11/2 Cups of Half and Half (1/4 Cup per egg used)
2 Tbsp of Frangelico (Optional)

Directions:

Slice your Challah into one inch pieces.

Move over to your stove and add the stick of butter to your pan.

Melt it over medium heat. Once it's melted, add in your brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla.

Turn the heat up to medium high and let the whole shebang boil for a minute or two before removing it from the heat.

Grab the pan you'll be cooking your french toast in and pour the brown sugar mixture into the bottom of it.

Whisk up in a bowl your eggs, half and half and, if you're using it, the frangelico.

Layer your bread pieces into your pan on top of the brown sugar mixture. Pour the eggs over your bread, making sure to completely soak each piece.

Shake a light coating of brown sugar over the top of the bread and then cover it up and let it sit in the refridge overnight.

The next morning when you pull it out and uncover it, let it sit and warm up to room temperature for about a half hour or so and then simply throw it into your oven preheated to 350 degrees.

Cook it up until the pieces begin to puff and turn a beautiful golden brown; about 35 to 40 minutes. And here's what you should have.

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40 Responses to “Family Friendly Fridays: Creme Brulee French Toast”

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    Mrs.Mayhem — July 23, 2010 @ 9:47 am

    Sounds amazing! I'm not sure where to buy challah bread. I don't think our supermarket carries it. Is there anything that could be substituted? Or would that ruin the entire dish?

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    anniebakes — July 23, 2010 @ 9:59 am

    yumm-O, I just made something similar that I haven't posted yet, I'll have to look and see how close they are! Tried the McLinky and it didnt' work for me, I'll watch to see if others are able to get through and will try again later, great idea!

    anne
    http://www.anniebakes.net

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    Christina — July 23, 2010 @ 10:28 am

    Stopping by from SITS. Love your blog, your recipes all look delicious! Can't wait to try some.

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    Sage — July 23, 2010 @ 10:38 am

    You just combine 2 recipes that are ny favourite things; great recipe; thank you.
    Rita

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    julie — July 23, 2010 @ 10:39 am

    Hmmm. I'm not sure what the problem is Anne. Let me work on it and see if I can figure it out.

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    zurin — July 23, 2010 @ 10:49 am

    I completely agree. Challah is a great bread for french toast. My first time using it for french toast was about a month or so back when I had made challah fro the first time. It looked really beautiful and thick as a french toast n of course you cant beat the taste. I didnt post it becasue I didnt get decent pics. But Yours looks amazing. Bravo :)

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    julie — July 23, 2010 @ 11:02 am

    Alright, I got the linky working guys! Sorry for the initial issues. :)

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    Pamela F — July 23, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    I have learned that using Challah bread to make french toast is the way to go. If you can find a bakery that makes fresh challah, your recipe will taste even better and possibly like Tyler Place. I am fortunate to have a bakery close by that does make the Challah fresh and It does make a difference. I am looking forward to making this cream brulee french toast, YUM! Thank-you!

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    Monet — July 23, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

    Julie,
    I agree that Challah bread makes a world of difference in French Bread recipes. And of course, real maple syrup is essential. All of the ingredients in this great recipe make my mouth water! I can't imagine how lovely this must be on a Saturday morning.

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    Beth @ DiningAndDishing — July 23, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

    This is my kind of recipe! Sweet breakfast foods are my very favorite thing to make and eat. This is such an original idea, I love it :)

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    Maranda — July 23, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

    Now this is what I've been waiting for. This looks amazing! I'm excited about your Friday link ups! Great job and thanks for sharing!

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    Mary — July 23, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

    What time is brunch? Your French toast sounds absolutely amazing. I can't wait to give it a try. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

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    baking.serendipity — July 23, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

    What a fabulous idea! This sounds absolutely delicious :)

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    Chef Dennis — July 23, 2010 @ 8:35 pm

    challah makes the best french toast…all that butter,eggs, and half and half….how could it not be delicious!

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    Linda www.mykindofcooking.com — July 23, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

    I love this recipe! I am going to make it this weekend. I just found your blog and I love it! It is full of wonderful recipes and fantastic information. I just signed up to follow your blog so I will be checking it often!

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    Simply Life — July 23, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

    WOW! That looks SO good!

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    Daenel — July 24, 2010 @ 12:20 am

    Omg, that looks so delicious. I'm going to have try this the first weekend my kids come back. My family will love this. Thanks for sharing.

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    gnomeangel — July 24, 2010 @ 7:28 am

    Ok, don't laugh, but I have never had French Toast before. But having read this entry I'm going to give it a go!

    I really enjoyed looking around your blog. You have some amazing photos and recipes. I came via SITS 31DBBB.

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    Sarah @ Mum In Bloom — July 24, 2010 @ 9:08 am

    Julie you're so funny :) Photos in the locker.. bwa! bwa!

    This dish looks perfect for a Christmas morning breakfast or when company is visiting. Breakfast often leaves me stumped but this looks delicious.

    I think I'm gonna figure out how to make challah from scratch this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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    grace — July 24, 2010 @ 9:20 am

    challah is a bread MADE for french toast, and i love this creme brulee touch! it almost makes the addition of maple syrup unnecessary. meh, who am i kidding–maple syrup is ALWAYS necessary. :)

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    Hollywood Geek Chic — July 24, 2010 @ 9:41 am

    would like to express my gratitude to you for stopping by from the Lady Blogger Society feature, I am still extensively shocked that my blog was featured; it made my day but friends like you who leave such compassionate comments hold stout value to me. Thank you.

    Please know I was asked to offer continued updates on the clinical trail and my health, I have opted to do that for so many who wanted to follow this journey. I hope to see your warm heart there as well.

    I love the diversity of you delicious food subjective blog and have followed, it’s the least I can do for such compassion you have shown to me.

    Best,
    Hollywood Chic (Amanda)
    http://hollywoodglamorous.blogspot.com

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    malia — July 24, 2010 @ 9:51 am

    Hi… this looks too good. I wish I had some Challah hanging around the house right now!

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    Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds — July 24, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

    Wow. That does look great!

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    Julie — July 24, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

    My jaw is hanging down to my keyboard…major yumminess going on here. Definitely bookmarking now!

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    Kim — July 24, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

    All I can say is ….Wow! That french toast looks amazing and I love your idea of family fun friday. I will try to remember for next week.

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    Gitte — July 24, 2010 @ 11:29 pm

    Great looking French toast. Love the Challah bread.

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    The Drama Mama — July 25, 2010 @ 3:20 am

    Ohhhh that looks yummy! I'm going to have to add this to my list.

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    Victoria Lewy — July 25, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

    and also would add a squirt of cinnamon mmm yummy :) . Great recipe!

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    Nirmala — July 25, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

    This looks SO good. I've actually never made french toast and with challah, wow!

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    Leslie — July 25, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

    That looks delicious!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

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    LambAround — July 25, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

    Yum! I think we're going to have to have breakfast for dinner tonight :)

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    April — July 26, 2010 @ 1:13 am

    Oh my goodness-that looks amazing!! And I am SO HUNGRY right now! Thnks for stopping by my blog! I actually have your blog bookmarked for recipes so it was fun to see you comment. I am in Greensboro-not too far from the Queen City.

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    A SPICY PERSPECTIVE — July 26, 2010 @ 2:02 am

    It sounds awfully dreamy! It doesn't get much better that killer french toast!

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    Sook — July 26, 2010 @ 4:59 am

    Mmmm french toast is my favorite breakfast! :) Yours looks fabulous!

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    CMcKane — July 26, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

    Visiting from #31DBBB blog hop and now have to rush into the kitchen to fix something to eat.

    I love Challah and this looks so yummy!

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    Ma What's 4 dinner — July 27, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

    I make mine exactly the same except I use Grand Marnier instead.

    Great minds babe!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner
    http://www.mawhats4dinner.com

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    A Daily Pinch — July 27, 2010 @ 11:24 pm

    Wow! That looks fantastic and I am going to have to try it!

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    Holly — July 30, 2010 @ 2:19 am

    creme brulee French Toast!!!!! Two of my favorite things. I think I will make this for my son this weekend {oh yeah I'll be eating it too}!

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    Ingrid — August 7, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

    Yum, I can see why you went gaga over it while on vacation. It's a wonderful way to start day. Even better because you prep it the night before you can even have it during the week.

    Thanks for sharing!
    ~ingrid

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