Orange French Toast Bruleé

adapted slightly from Williams-Sonoma

6 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. orange zest
1/2 tsp. salt
1 loaf French bread, sliced 1 1/2 inches thick
Softened unsalted butter for cooking and serving
granulated sugar
Maple syrup for serving

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, milk, orange juice, brown sugar, vanilla, orange zest, and salt until blended. Soak the bread slices in the egg mixture for 10 seconds per side.

Set an electric fry pan to medium heat and brush with butter. When the pan is hot, cook the bread in batches (do not overcrowd), turning once, until golden and crisp, about 2 minutes per side.

Transfer the French toast to a baking sheet. Sprinkle 1 tsp. granulated sugar evenly over the surface of each slice. Using a kitchen torch* according to the manufacturer's instructions, move the flame continuously in small circles over the surface until the sugar melts and lightly browns. Serve immediately with maple syrup and butter. Serves 6. (It is easily doubled).

*Fear not if you don't have a kitchen torch. I do have one that has never been out of the box. I got it out late Saturday night (after ingredients were purchased and guests invited), only to find that the butane is not included. We improvised and stuck the toast under a broiler with the oven door ajar. Don't take your eyes off it though, the sugar melts in seconds.


Michelle said...

Hi Megan - I just posted the link to the truck stop pancakes on the comments on my post, but I'll put it here, too...

Enjoy! And....we've been loving the bagels today. So fun.

Fauset Photography said...

Jacqui made me your blueberry muffins at her house the other day...SO GOOD! I love your blog- I'll get baking. :)

Alisha Joy said...

I was stocking your facebook page and I found your blog link. I LOVE cooking blogs. I am actually kind of obsessed with them. I link to 14 of them from my blog (now 15, cause I'm going to add yours). I'm so excited to try some of these recipes.