Creme Brulee French Toast Sticks

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 40 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

1 cup milk

2 3/4 cups heavy cream

5 vanilla beans

9 egg yolks

3/4 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 loaf French or Italian bread cut into 1 1/2-inch wide sticks

2 tablespoons butter, plus more if needed

Powdered sugar, for dusting

Maple syrup, to taste

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan add milk and cream to saucepan. Using the tip of a small, sharp knife, split the vanilla bean and scrape the insides of the vanilla beans into the milk mixture. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Remove from the heat and set aside for 30 or 40 minutes to allow the vanilla to infuse into the milk. Pour through a fine sieve and strain into bowl and set aside.
  2. Preheat griddle to medium heat.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the egg yolks, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix together well with a wooden spoon. Little by little add the milk mixture, stirring well with the wooden spoon to blend. Pour mixture through a fine sieve and strain into a clean bowl. Cut bread into 1 to 1 1/2-inch wide strips.
  4. Melt 2 tablespoons butter on the griddle. Dip bread sticks into creme brulee mixture. Cook a few at a time for 2 to 4 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown. Add additional butter as needed to keep pan greased. Sprinkle French toast sticks with powdered sugar and serve with syrup.