French Toast Brulee

french toast brulee recipe

Is it just me, or is this summer flying by? My children start school a month from tomorrow. Isn’t that crazy? It feels like we just started our summer, we should not be getting ready to end it. We are finally getting into our groove here in Kansas. We have all made some friends, found some fun things to do, and have started to get used to living on an Army base. Well, sort of. Today, we woke up and it was raining. The kids and I decided to get in the car and take a little adventure. We found a cute little town in Missouri (we live 5 miles from the Missouri border) called Weston, had a great lunch, and found some cute little shops. I cannot tell you how happy I was to find some roadside fruit stands, it reminded me of growing up in New Jersey. My mom never bought produce in the grocery store during the summer months. I love being able to pull over and buy corn and peaches that just came off of a farm.

I normally do not include recipes here that call for tools or ingredients that you might not have, or that will be hard for you to find. But I could not resist sharing this recipe with you. This french toast brulee takes simple french toast and makes it extra special. You make french toast like you normally would, but before you serve it, you add a thin layer of sugar, and use a kitchen torch to brulee the top. It melts the sugar and adds a crunch and deep caramel flavor that is nothing short of amazing. I made this for dinner for my children, and they requested it for every meal for the next three days. If that does not tell you that this french toast is delicious, I do not know what will.

This recipe comes from Chenin Boutwell.

french toast brulee recipe1 loaf of french baguette or challah bread
3 eggs
1/3 cup milk
2 Tablespoons sugar or 1/3 cup sugar (if you are not going to brulee these and just make them plain, use 1/3 cup)
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons butter
super fine sugar
powdered sugar for dusting
strawberries

kitchen torch

french toast brulee recipeWhisk together (in a much larger bowl than I used, I made a mess!) the eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.

french toast brulee recipeSlice your bread on bias. It looks prettier that way.

french toast brulee recipeQuickly dip each side of the bread into the custard mixture.

french toast brulee recipeAdd the french toast to a pan on medium-high heat that has been coated with butter. Cook on each side until brown, about 2 minutes or so. If you are making a lot of french toast, you can put the pieces on a baking sheet and keep them warm in a 300 degree oven.

french toast brulee recipeSprinkle the tops of the french toast with the super fine sugar (if you do not have super fine sugar, give regular sugar a whirl in the food processor).

french toast brulee recipeUse a kitchen torch to melt the sugar on the french toast.

french toast brulee recipeThe tops will have a caramel-ly, crunchy top. Oh so good.

french toast brulee recipeGarnish with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and sliced strawberries. Enjoy!

french toast brulee

French Toast Brulee

French Toast Brulee

Yield: serves 4 to 6

French Toast Brulee - really good French toast made even better with a sweet crunchy crust. Serve with berries.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of french baguette or challah bread
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar or 1/3 cup sugar (if you are not going to brulee these and just make them plain, use 1/3 cup)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • super fine sugar
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • strawberries

Instructions

  1. Whisk together (in a much larger bowl than I used, I made a mess!) the eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.
  2. Slice your bread on bias. It looks prettier that way.
  3. Quickly dip each side of the bread into the custard mixture.
  4. Add the french toast to a pan on medium-high heat that has been coated with butter. Cook on each side until brown, about 2 minutes or so. If you are making a lot of french toast, you can put the pieces on a baking sheet and keep them warm in a 300 degree oven.
  5. Sprinkle the tops of the french toast with the super fine sugar (if you do not have super fine sugar, give regular sugar a whirl in the food processor). Remember the vanilla sugar that I made awhile back? Here is a perfect use for it.
  6. Use a kitchen torch to melt the sugar on the french toast.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g
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Well, hello there! I’m Bree Hester, the Boston-based blogger and food photographer here at Baked Bree. Here you can get lots of weeknight meal inspiration, eat more plant-based meals, and still indulge in a decadent sweet treat. Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure.

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This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. Karinvd

    The children here didn’t even start their summer break yet. Still two more weeks to go. Weird to see you talk about summer flying by again and being almost over *grin* I am just waiting for it to start!

    The french toast looks lovely.

    1. bakedbree

      That is really late for summer to start isn’t it?

  2. Mandy M

    A while back, one of my neighbors never returned my kitchen torch and then moved away. This recipe has made me put going to the store to get a replacement this weekend a top priority! Thank you for sharing!

    1. bakedbree

      That stinks! But this recipe is worth buying a new one. Promise.

  3. Chenin

    So excited to see this here! Glad you liked it and thank you for all of your support!

  4. The Café Sucré Farine

    This is absolutely beautiful! It looks like art-work but then again I think I would rather eat it, yum! Looks and sounds fabulous!!

  5. kankana

    dropped in from foodgawker. Your space is so beautiful and so is your photography. This toast is looking so delicious which those colorful fruits on top.
    I too love buying fruits from tiny road side shop… but there are not many this side of the world. Enjoy summer while it’s still here 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      Welcome and thank you! Where are you?

  6. Ruth

    They look so delicious! I’ve been craving for a kitchen torch for months, so this recipe only increases my desire haha.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    1. bakedbree

      you are welcome Ruth! I love enabling people to add to their kitchen tool collection.

  7. Jessica

    Oh boy does this look amazing. Must buy a kitchen torch. Must.

  8. Emma @ Poires au Chocolat

    This looks incredible, I have to try this. Blowtorching is so much fun. Great recipe, thank you 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      It is fun, isn’t it?

  9. K&B

    Looks absolutely divine.

    1. bakedbree

      thank you. tastes divine as well!

  10. Emily

    Oh man, like everyone else, I think this has officially pushed me to go buy myself a kitchen torch. As well as driving around to find some produce stands/markets, I forgot how much I miss fresh fruits and veggies. Anyways, this french toast is beautiful! And those strawberries… oh my, it’s a match made in heaven. Gorgeous!

    1. bakedbree

      I like to enable new kitchen purchases. 🙂

  11. jacklyn

    hey i made your french bread…. as expected it wasnt as good as looking as yours

    1. bakedbree

      I doubt that! I am sure that it was gorgeous.

  12. marla

    Gorgeous stuffed French Toast Bree. Linking back to this in my next post 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Marla and thank you for the link love. 🙂

  13. Sarah

    I haven’t made french toast in ages but after looking at your pictures I am inspired. Thanks!

    1. bakedbree

      You are welcome Sarah!

  14. Melissa Ann

    I made this last night!!!! Amazingly delicious recipe. Your website is awesome, thank you so much.

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Melissa Ann!

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