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Crème Brûlée French Toast

This Crème Brûlée French Toast is light and fluffy with a crunchy sugar coating reminiscent of the popular French dessert. The tasty breakfast is sure to be a hit when served with maple syrup and fresh berries!

Creme Brulee French Toast on a plate with strawberries.

I don’t know about you, but breakfast is my jam! Waffles, pancakes, french toast, CEREAL (I’m obsessed with cold cereal, it’s kind of pathetic really). But breakfast foods, I could eat them for, well…breakfast obviously, but lunch, dinner, and a snack. I’ll even eat a bowl of cereal before bed! Who’s with me?

Today’s recipe brings together the best of two worlds: breakfast AND dessert! AKA Crème Brûlée French Toast. Now the thought of dessert for breakfast either got you really excited or you’re shaking your head in disgust. If you’re feeling the latter, I think I can change your mind. I hope so anyway! Because this is one recipe you don’t want to miss out on!

Creme Brulee French Toast on a plate with strawberries.

I know it sounds absolutely crazy, but this french toast is seriously life-changing. Especially if you’re a crème brûlée fan, then you’ll really appreciate it. I mean, this French toast is made up of thick slices of French bread (or if you’re feeling really ambitious homemade brioche bread) dipped in a rich heavy cream batter, pan-fried to golden perfection, coated with sugar that’s then crystallized with a kitchen torch to make that iconic crunchy creme brûlée coating, and then topped with fresh berries and a drizzle of maple syrup. What’s not to love?! Have I got your mouth watering yet?

Creme Brulee French Toast on a plate with strawberries.

Fry up some bacon and pour yourself a glass of orange juice to go along with your stack of Crème Brûlée French Toast and you’ll have one mighty fine breakfast.

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Crème Brûlée French Toast
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

This Crème Brûlée French Toast is light and fluffy with a crunchy sugar coating reminiscent of the popular French dessert. The tasty breakfast is sure to be a hit when served with maple syrup and fresh berries!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creme brulee, french toast
Servings: 12 pieces
Ingredients
  • French bread sliced into 12 - 1" pieces
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat skillet over medium heat.

  2. Whisk together eggs, heavy cream, milk, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Soak each slice of bread in the mixture. 

  3. Add a little bit of butter to the skillet. Place a soaked slice of bread on the skillet and cook until bread is golden brown on both sides. It takes a couple of minutes on each side.

  4. Once bread is cooked, add a thin layer of sugar to the top of each piece of French toast. Caramelize with a cooking torch until sugar is hardened and bubbly.

Recipe Notes

Recipe inspired by The Recipe Critic.

  1. You can also use brioche bread or challah instead of French bread in this recipe.
  2. If you don't have a kitchen torch, place the bread slices on a baking sheet and heat under the broiler for a couple of minutes (watch it carefully so the sugar doesn't burn!).

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