I have a great brunch recipe for you today. I made this as our Christmas breakfast and as always it was a hit! I love the crispy, crunchy french toast top with the caramel soaked, oh so delicious ooey-gooey bottom. You've got to see this for yourself to believe how fantastic it is! This would be a perfect addition to a New Year's Day brunch! I don't make this very often because it makes so much, but when I do I want to make it over and over again! I must admit that the leftovers are really tasty the next day. They loose their crunchiness, but not their caramel gooeyness! :) Little Man kept wanting more french toast both times that we ate it! He couldn't get enough of it either! Make it one of your New Year's resolutions to make this for breakfast, it's one resolution that you can keep!
Caramel-Soaked French Toast
from: Southern Living: Our Best Five-Star Recipes
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
10 slices French bread (~1 3/4" thick)
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 1/2 cups milk or half and half
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted
1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until mixture is bubbly. Pour syrup mixture evenly into a lightly greased 13x9" pan. Arrange bread slices over syrup.
2. Combine eggs and next 3 ingredients; stir well. Gradually pour mixture over bread slices. Cover and chill at least 8 hours.
3. Combine 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon; stir well. Sprinkle evenly over soaked bread. Drizzle 1/4 cup melted butter over the bread. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Serve immediately. Makes 10 servings.
Happy New Year! 2011 is going to be a great year!