Sunday, July 17, 2011

Creme Brulee French Toast

(from All Recipes)
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
6 slices French Bread
5 eggs
1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon brandy-based orange liqueur (Grand Marnier)
14 teaspoon salt
(note--I think a pinch of cinnamon would be good)

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Mix in brown sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.

Remove crusts from bread (note--I thought this step was silly, so I skipped it).
Arrange bread in the baking dish in a single layer.
In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, vanilla, orange brandy, and salt.
Pour over bread.
Cover and chill at least 8 hours, or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove dish from refrigerator and bring to room temperature.
Bake uncovered 35 to 40 minutes, or until puffed and lightly browned.

Here's a slightly different version by Smitten Kitchen, using brioche. Yum!


Sunday, July 03, 2011

Patriotic Recipe Ideas

A girl at work today was talking about fruit kabobs shaped like an American Flag, so I googled and found this fun blog post on 4tunate, by Chandler + Brianne.
So I just kept on looking for ideas because it's fun, and I love the whimsy of the red, white and blue.
Check out this cute idea from Lisa Storms

Patriotic Sangria, from Recipe Girl.
Recipe girl also makes Patriotic Cheesecake Bars. Yum.

Fireworks cookies from Dainty Chef.

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Happy Fourth

This is such a fun vintage photograph from Charles Phoenix.

It's a beautiful sunny weekend in California.
Tomorrow I'll be poolside with a South Carolina-style hot dog, macaroni salad, deviled eggs, and of course watermelon.
Happy Birthday America!

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