Have Some Dessert for BreakfastPosted: June 1, 2011
This is a special post: my first guest cook! Last weekend I visited my cousin Kevin and his family in sunny Rochester, NY. Aside from a lot of hanging out in the backyard, we seemed to eat — a lot. But that’s what one does over a long weekend, right? His wife (my cousin-in-law?) Wendy made this awesome breakfast for us on Saturday morning. It’s a variation on French toast with the rich, custardy flavors of crème brûlée. And just like Wendy, this dish is sweet — but not too sweet.
You make the French toast overnight so the bread (she used a large loaf of whole wheat French) really soaks up the egg mixture. Then after a quick bake in the oven, it’s ready to eat and offers a little surprise: a gooey layer of syrup on the bottom. She paired it with turkey bacon, chicken sausage and some fresh strawberries, bananas and yogurt. It was a tasty, satisfying breakfast that was the perfect combination of sweet and savory.
Here’s Wendy’s recipe. I saw her make it the night before and it looked really easy. Give it a try the next time you have some hungry out-of-town guests.
Crème Brûlée French Toast
– 2 tablespoons of light corn syrup
– ½ cup of butter (1 stick)
– 1 cup of brown sugar
– 1 loaf of whole wheat French bread, thickly sliced, crusts removed
– 5 eggs
– 1 ½ cups of half & half
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla
– 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
– ¼ teaspoon of salt
– Cooking spray
– Maple syrup & butter (optional)
In a small saucepan, combine the corn syrup, butter and brown sugar; simmer until syrupy. Pour mixture into a 9×13 inch baking dish that has been lightly coated with cooking spray. Set aside.
Slice the loaf into thick slices. Place the bread on top of the syrup in the baking dish.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Pour evenly over the bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, bring the baking dish to room temperature while the oven preheats to 350º. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes. Cut into squares, serve and eat. Can be served with maple syrup and butter.
I hope everyone had a very happy (sad) Memorial Day like we did! What did you make?