Creme Brulee French Toast

• 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
• 1 cup packed brown sugar
• 1 loaf french bread or challah bread
• 6 eggs
• 1 3/4 cup half and half
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 tsp Grand Marnier or 1/2 cup of orange juice
• 1/4 tsp salt

Butter a 9x13in. baking dish.

In a small sauce pan over low heat, melt the butter with the sugar. Pour the mixture into the dish.

Cut six 1 1/2-inch thick slices from the center of the bread. Arrange the bread slices in one layer in the baking dish, squeezing them slightly so they fit.

In a bowl, whisk the eggs, half and half, vanilla, Grand Marnier and salt. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 8 hours and for up to one day.

Let the dish sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350.

Uncover the dish and bake the french toast for 35 to 40 minutes or until puffed and golden. Serve at once.

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Sent in by KOMO viewer Gloria Abaya