don't forget your maple syrup

All stories aside from this past week (a massive website upgrade, a pulled hamstring, and How I Got Out Of Jury Duty) here's what's on my mind: breakfast at the geekfarm a week from today.There will be a few stragglers staying on past Sunday. I feel this growing urge to stage a geek feeding. Jody was kind enough to point me to this recipe from I am rapidly beginning to suspect that while this bread is neither French nor toast, it is nevertheless a moral imperative that I make it.

Creme Brulée French Toast

1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup
an 8- to 9-inch round loaf country-style bread
5 large eggs
1½ cups half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon Grand Marnier
¼ teaspoon salt

In a small heavy saucepan melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup over moderate heat, stirring, until smooth and pour into a 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking dish. Cut six 1-inch thick slices from center portion of bread, reserving ends for another use, and trim crusts. Arrange bread slices in one layer in baking dish, squeezing them slightly to fit.

In a bowl whisk together eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, Grand Marnier, and salt until combined well and pour evenly over bread. Chill bread mixture, covered, at least 8 hours and up to 1 day.

Preheat oven to 350° F. and bring bread to room temperature.

Bake bread mixture, uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden, 35 to 40 minutes.

Serve immediately. Supposedly feeds six. Four if one of them's Patrick. ;)

Makes 6 servings.

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*drool, slurp* Wow, that doesn't even look too hard; I might try it myself sometime. The French people I tried to describe French toast to had never heard of it. Turns out that's bc I wasn't explaining it very well--there is such a thing as pan-fried bread in France, but they call it "pain perdu," wasted bread--it's what you do w/ the loaf ends so they *don't* go to waste.