Lightened Up Crème Brûlée French Toast

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A make-ahead baked creme brulee French toast casserole with a sweet sugar-coated bottom, perfect for a Christmas morning breakfast.

A make-ahead baked creme brulee French toast casserole with a sweet sugar-coated bottom, perfect for a Christmas morning breakfast.Lightened Up Crème Brûlée French Toast

More breakfast recipes you might enjoy are Bananas Fosters French Toast, Red Velvet Pancakes, and Hot Cross Buns.

This was a recipe make-over requested by one of my readers I was excited to tackle. The original recipe calls for a stick of butter, lots of eggs and half-and-half cream. Although this has been lightened up by removing the butter, replacing the cream with milk and most of the eggs with egg substitute, your guests will never know it. What’s better than waking up with a house full of guests and having a no-fuss breakfast when you wake up. Serve this with fresh fruit to complete your table.

This uses a half loaf of challah bread, so you can easily double this and make two if you have more guests.

A make-ahead baked creme brulee French toast casserole with a sweet sugar-coated bottom, perfect for a Christmas morning breakfast.

A make-ahead baked creme brulee French toast casserole with a sweet sugar-coated bottom, perfect for a Christmas morning breakfast.
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Lightened Up Crème Brûlée French Toast

311 Cals 13 Protein 60 Carbs 5.5 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Chill Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 9 hrs
Yield: 6 servings
COURSE: Breakfast, Brunch
CUISINE: American
A make-ahead baked creme brulee French toast casserole with a sweet sugar-coated bottom, perfect for a Christmas morning breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • cooking spray
  • 10 oz Challah bread, sliced 1 inch thick
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup egg substitute
  • 1-1/2 cups 1% milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Meyers rum, optional
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • In a small heavy saucepan melt brown sugar and water 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, egg substitute, milk, vanilla, rum, 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.

Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6th, Calories: 311kcal, Carbohydrates: 60g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 5.5g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 55mg, Sodium: 173mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 27g
WW Points Plus: 9
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121 comments

  1. Not a fan. Way to sweet and just not a good flavor👎👎

  2. This was absolutely delicious. I baked it for 40 min using challah bread. I also used all regular eggs. It doesnt need any syrup; it is sweet enough.

    Thank you Gina for a scrumptious recipe! My guests were impressed.

  3. Delicious! We had this for Christmas brunch today. Made with all regular eggs instead of egg substitute and came out great. Thanks!

  4. Such a great recipe! We had it for Christmas morning! I will make this again.

  5. This was absolutely AMAZING!!! 

  6. Any idea how it would be if made ahead, frozen, then reheated?

  7. I made this tonight using the PRETZEL BUNS and will let you know how it turns out tomorrow morning.  I’ve made this recipe from you several times beforebefore and it’s Heavenly to smell it in the morning when it’s baking.  It gets Sunday morning off to a “sweet” start.   Everyone gets in a good mood!  

  8. what egg replacement did you use? Also if I didn’t use replacement, how many eggs would it be? Thank you.

  9. Could you bake this in a 15 x 10 Pyrex Rectangular and if you double recipe use two pyrex bakeware?

  10. I have rum flavoring but no rum. Should I leave it out all together or use the flavoring? 

  11. Excited to make this this weekend for my in-laws, I have made the banana fosters before and it was AMAZING! I have tried dozens of your recipes and they never disappoint.

  12. Has anyone made this in a crock pot?

  13. How many Smart Points?

  14. How many smart points?

  15. I came here to find this recipe for Christmas morning, once again. This has been the requested morning meal for three years running. I think it's safe to say this is now a tradition for us!

  16. I just stumbled upon this the other day, and totally didn't think to read the comments before I went shopping. I had no clue what Challah bread was, but saw a blog using Ezekiel Bread for baked french toast. I ended up buying cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread, so fingers crossed that it turns out well!