Crème Brûlée French Toast

Diva #1’s apartment is known as The Vortex amongst her friends from Ville St-Laurent (St-Lau). It’s the perfect spot for pre drinking before everyone goes out, or for partying all night, or the house everyone returns to for late night eats after partying – needless to say a lot of people have passed out in a drunken slumber in The Vortex. But Diva #1 hates cooking breakfast when hungover, so this Crème Brûlée French Toast is perfect because you can make it from the night before. It’s simple, in the morning just toss it in the oven while you’re nursing your hangover, and frying bacon (you need to have it with bacon) – it’s our favourite French toast recipe!

Crème Brûlée French Toast

Crème Brûlée French Toast

Crème Brûlée French Toast

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  • Yield: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Brunch


  • ½ loaf of French bread
  • ½ loaf of challah bread
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 ¼ cups whole milk (or half n’ half cream)
  • 1 cup plus 4 tbs sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Maple syrup, to serve
  • Bananas, optional


  1. Combine eggs, milk, 1 cup sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, orange juice, orange zest, and 2 tbs melted butter in a large bowl. Whisk until incorporated
  2. Butter baking pan with remaining 1 tbs melted butter and slice bread into cubes
  3. Add French bread at the bottom of the pan and the challah on top
  4. Pour custard mixture over bread cubes evenly
  5. Cover with foil and refrigerate for one hour or overnight
  6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake for 40-50 minutes on the middle rack until the French toast browns
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle with 4 tbs sugar evenly. Use kitchen torch or broiler on high to caramelize sugar
  8. Serve with maple syrup and sliced bananas

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