Overnight Creme Brulee French Toast

New Year's Day breakfast and a house full of kids = Overnight Creme Brulee French Toast.

It will take all of 10 minutes for you to prep this divine breakfast for your next overnight guests.  While my kids and their friends are still sleeping after a late night of New Year's fun with fireworks, ping pong, and Dance Dance revolution, I popped this overnight casserole in the oven for 30 minutes and breakfast is ready.  This French Toast is TO DIE FOR!  Thick slices of crusty bread soaked overnight in a creme brulee sauce and baked with brown sugar and butter.  It is a decadent dream come true!

Good thing it reheats well because I am not sure when they will wake up to enjoy it.

Happy New Year!!

Overnight Creme Brulee French Toast

serves 6

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1 loaf (unsliced) crusty white bread
5 large eggs
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon triple sec

In a small heavy saucepan melt the butter with the brown sugar and corn syrup over moderate heat, stirring, until smooth and pour into a 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking dish. Cut six 1 1/2-inch thick slices from the center portion of the bread, (reserving the ends for croutons). Arrange the bread slices in one layer in a baking dish or casserole, squeezing them slightly to fit.

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, and triple sec until well combined and pour evenly over the bread. Chill bread mixture, covered, at least 8 hours and up to 1 day.

Preheat the oven to 350° F. and bring the bread to room temperature.

Bake the french toast, uncovered, in the middle of the oven until puffed and edges are golden, 30 to 35 minutes.

Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar and topped with berries.

*recipe adapted from one by personal chef Jim Gray


Jersey Girl Cooks said...

I will have to try this soon. It sounds and looks delicious! Happy new year!

MaryBeth said...

How simply is this recipe, I love it!

Leslie said...

I make an overnight french toast too. It is always the first thing to disappear!

RecipeGirl said...

Yummy!!! If it's creme brûlée and it's French toast, I'm in!!

bellini said...

This is a delicious way to start the new year. I hope that 2012 is all that you hope and wish for.

EAT! said...

jersey girl cooks - you have to try this one. so so easy and amazingly delicious!

marybeth - simply delicious!

leslie - here too!

recipe girl - 2 of my favorite things too.

bellini - happy 2012!

teresa said...

oh wow, this looks amazing! i'd actually be excited to get out of bed with this waiting for me!

Barb in Florida said...

We call this type of meal a "breakfast bake". Other ingredients I have used in place of bread include old doughnuts, danish, muffins, rolls and cake. They are all yummy!

I love this site! Thanks for all your ideas and recipes.

EAT! said...

barb in florida - thanks for stopping by. I love, love, love the idea of subbing doughnuts and danishes. They would make the dish even more decadent. But we rarely have old doughnuts in our house. ;( they are gobbled up too quickly.