"Ran out? What do you mean, you 'ran out'?!"
"I'm sorry, but we just served our last tray 5 minutes ago. "
"You've got to be kidding me! I've been waiting all night to have some. Look, there's still 8 minutes 'til you close."
"Sorry, ma'am. Come back tomorrow. We'll have some more tomorrow."
Aghhhh! Ever expected something to be there and it wasn't? I'm not talking about your keys. I'm actually talking about food. Just food. Like when you deliberately save some of your dinner as leftover so you can pack it for lunch tomorrow, only to find out the next morning that your roommate gobbled it all up last night? I hate that!
Well, there I was at the Whole Foods breakfast deli feeling sorry for myself. I've been waiting all night to pick up 16 ounces of their Creme Brulee French Toast. All morning, I kept thinking, in just a few moments from now, I'll be savoring delicious bite after delicious bite...
I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself. Instead of taking out my frustrations on the polite deli attendant (it's not her fault I took too long looking for my car keys), I decided to take matters into my own hands. And...
Voila! The RECIPE.
Enjoy. Oh...and you're welcome.
CREME BRULEE FRENCH TOAST (WHOLE FOODS)
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
12 (1 1/2 inch) slices challah bread
1 cup half-and-half or whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
Strawberries and whipped cream, for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-9-inch baking dish.
In a saucepan, melt butter with brown sugar and maple syrup just until the mixture begins to boil and turn brown, like caramel. Pour into the baking dish.
Trim off crusts from bread and arrange it evenly over the caramel. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, salt, orange juice and sugar. Pour over bread.
Let the bread soak up the liquid for 5 to 10 minutes. Bake for 35 minutes. Cut into squares or slices and serve with strawberries and whipped cream.
Makes one (9-by-9-inch) casserole.