Creme Brulee is one of those desserts that keeps you coming back for more with each and every bite. Could it be the cool and creamy custard, or the crunchy sugar topping that feels like you are breaking through a glass ceiling to get to the inside? Probably both. It doesn’t matter which part of the dessert you enjoy most, it only matters how we can recreate this experience more often.
Well….. Bruleed French Toast has some very similar characteristics of creme brulee, but it’s made for breakfast or brunch. The bread is soaked in a similar eggy custard, until it can barely stand on its own, then seared in a pan with an additional sprinkling of brown sugar on one side to form a caramelized crust. Creamy certainly meets crunchy in this morning meal, and with a few additions; like fresh strawberries and maple syrup you are having one great experience.
8 slices whole grain bread
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups fresh strawberries, washed
1 cup maple syrup
butter for cooking
1. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Soak 2 pieces of bread into custard mixture on both sides, at least for 1 minute.
2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 teaspoons butter. Lay soaked bread in pan and sprinkle top with brown sugar. Cook on first side for 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip over and cook sugar coated side for 3-4 minutes, or until dark crispy brown. Repeat with remaining slices of bread.
3. Top Bruleed French Toast with fresh strawberries and a drizzle of maple syrup. Enjoy!