Creme Brulee French Toast

1 lb Challah bread
¼ lb butter
1 cup light brown sugar - packed
2 tbsp maple syrup
5 eggs
1 ½ cups half & half
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp Grand Marnier
¼ tsp salt

Melt the butter, add brown sugar and maple syrup - simmer until smooth. Butter sides of a 9 x 13 inch pan. Pour above into the pan. Cut challah bread into 1 ½ inch slices - push bread into pan to fill all spaces.

Mix the eggs, half & half, vanilla, Grand Marnier, and salt. Pour it over the bread, cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 40 minutes. Let it rest for 10 minutes, unmold onto a large platter. Serves six.. (Note: this can be made without Grand Marnier, just increase vanilla to 2 tsp.)

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