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Creme Brulee French Toast

Creme Brulee French Toast - The Culinary Compass

You’re going to need to try this Creme Brulee French Toast as soon as you can. It’s decadent and rich and perfect to impress whoever you’re looking to impress. Maybe it’s just for yourself, but I’m totally not judging.

It’s so easy to make. Just remember you’re going to need to soak the bread overnight to ensure that every bit of bread is soaking in the custard. In the morning, you’ll bake it in a brown sugar and butter mixture that gives it that awesome crust on top. Heart eye emojis everywhere.

Creme Brulee French Toast - The Culinary Compass Creme Brulee French Toast - The Culinary Compass

It’s super rich and sweet, but definitely delicious and easy to throw together. One batch will make enough for 8-10 people depending on the size of the bread and how hungry everyone is. I went with a small french loaf and ended up with 20 slices. They all fit on my biggest baking sheet so that’s something you’ll have to consider if you pick a bigger loaf. You might have to halve the custard to each sheet and adjust the baking time a little.

Then again.. if there’s extras you could always heat it up and scoop some vanilla ice cream onto it for dessert. I may or may not be telling you this out of past experience..
Creme Brulee French Toast - The Culinary Compass

Mix some berries with some sugar to macerate them a little to serve on top of the toast. Then top it with some powdered sugar because there is no way there’s enough calories in it yet and you always need powdered sugar on french toast.

Prepare for the sugar high and enjoy!

Creme Brulee French Toast

Creme Brulee French Toast

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 12 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 12 hours 40 minutes

This Creme Brulee French Toast is a decadent brunch for any occasion.


  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 loaf french bread (about 1 pound), sliced into 1" pieces
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  1. Mix eggs, milk, half and half, vanilla extract, orange juice, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Lay the bread on a high rimmed baking sheet in one layer. Pour the egg and milk mixture over the bread ensuring all pieces are covered. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight. Flip bread pieces at least once either before bed or an hour before baking in the morning.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F. Mix together melted butter and brown sugar in a small bowl. Put parchment paper on another baking sheet and spread out the brown sugar mixture evenly. Lay pieces of bread on the brown sugar ensuring each piece is covered.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes. Flip pieces of bread and bake for another 5 minutes or until the brown sugar is bubbly.
  4. Serve warm and enjoy! Top with powdered sugar and fruit.

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Adapted from the New York Times.

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