One of the blogs I regularly follow is Gina's Skinny Recipes. I love the things Gina cooks! Recently she posted this recipe, which I adapted very slightly for us for this morning's breakfast. I think I could eat the whole pan!
Crème Brûlée French Toast
adapted from a recipe from Gina's Skinny Recipes
1 cup unpacked brown sugar
¼ cup Karo syrup
2 tablespoons butter
10 ounces Challah bread, sliced 1 inch thick (I used a Country Loaf from Panera)
1-½ cups 1% milk
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
In a small heavy saucepan melt brown sugar, syrup, and butter over moderate-low heat, stirring, until smooth and melted, about 1 minute, then pour into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
Arrange bread slices in one layer in baking dish, squeezing them slightly to fit.
In a large bowl whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and salt until combined well and pour evenly over bread. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350° F. and bring bread to room temperature.
Bake uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden, 40 to 50 minutes.
Top with cinnamon and powdered sugar.