Stone Hill Inn Baked Crème Brulee French Toast

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Recipe: #31936

May 04, 2019

Categories: French Toast

"This baked French toast is So Good! We had it for Easter morning and my family very much enjoyed. It winds up being easy peasy because it is prepped overnight. It hails from the Stone Hill Inn, Vermont, which has been named “Best Romantic Getaway” . Goes perfect with sausages on the side and of course fruit as you see in the picture."

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (198.5 g)
  • Calories 605.8
  • Total Fat - 34.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 19.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 251.2 mg
  • Sodium - 402.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 65.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.5 g
  • Sugars - 29.5 g
  • Protein - 10.8 g
  • Calcium - 262 mg
  • Iron - 3.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Butter a 8.5-inch springform pan. Wrap the bottom and sides with foil, making the pieces long enough to fold up and over the top of the pan while baking. A criss-cross pattern of two or more long pieces of foil works best.

Step 2

Combine the cream and vanilla bean (or extract) in a medium saucepan over medium heat just long enough to warm the cream – 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the mixture steep until cool, about 15 min.

Step 3

Pour the cream into a mixing bowl, straining out the vanilla bean. Cut the bean open lengthwise and scrape out all the fragrant little black seeds. Stir the vanilla seeds back into the cream or use a good quality vanilla extract (see Note below).

Step 4

Add the egg yolks and sugar to the cream, then whisk the custard mixture until well combined and uniformly light yellow.

Step 5

Make a layer of bread slices, cutting or tearing slices as needed to fit evenly. Pour about a quarter of the custard mixture evenly over the bread.

Step 6

Repeat with 2 more layers of bread and custard. The bread may rise a bit above the rim of the pan on the last layer. Pour the remaining custard over it slowly so that you get minimal runoff over the pan’s edge. Fold the foil up over the top.

Step 7

Arrange a plate over the foil and weight with a can of beans or other heavy can. Refrigerate for about one hour (or overnight) allowing the custard to soak through the bread thoroughly.

Step 8

Shortly before the mixture is finished soaking, preheat the oven to 325F. Place the springform pan in a water bath that comes about halfway up the pan’s side. Bake for 1.5 hrs or until firm at the center.

Step 9

Open the foil top and cool completely. Fold the foil back over and chill until ready to use.

Step 10

When you are ready to serve the French toast, preheat the oven to 350F.

Step 11

Cut the French toast into 8 wedges – more/fewer as you wish. Arrange the wedges on a baking sheet, then brush each wedge lightly with melted butter.

Step 12

Bake for about 10 minutes until warm in the center and lightly toasted/crisp on the surface. (You don’t actually have the caramel topping of crème brulee, but you get its familiar creamy custard and contrasting crunchy surface.)

Step 13

Arrange each wedge on a plate, surround with a pool of maple syrup, and garnish with fruit and whipped cream, if using, and if you prefer a sprinkling of powdered sugar. This French Toast is perfect served with bacon or sausage.

NOTE: Though a good quality vanilla extract can be used, there is no flavor like using fresh vanilla bean in the recipe. The fresh is amazing. If using extract, please use real, not imitation.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting the Challah bread, make sure to find one with a soft texture. This will help ensure that the custard mixture is soaked through the bread properly.
  • When selecting the vanilla bean, make sure to find one with a strong aroma. This will help ensure that the French toast has a nice, fragrant flavor.

  • Substitute almond milk for heavy cream - Almond milk is a great alternative for those who are lactose-intolerant or vegan. It is a much lighter and healthier alternative to heavy cream and still provides a creamy texture without the added fat.
  • Substitute coconut sugar for regular sugar - Coconut sugar is a great alternative to regular sugar because it is lower on the glycemic index and has a higher nutrient content. It also has a slightly different flavor that adds a subtle sweetness to the dish.

Savory French Toast Replace the sugar with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and add 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder to the custard mixture. Top with sautéed mushrooms and spinach and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese before baking.

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus - This dish is a great accompaniment to the Stone Hill Inn Baked Crème Brulee French Toast, as the salty bacon flavor complements the sweetness of the French toast. It is also a great way to add a healthy vegetable to the meal. Plus, it's quick and easy to make!

Garlic-Herb Roasted Potatoes: Roasted potatoes are a great side dish to pair with the bacon-wrapped asparagus and French toast. They are easy to prepare and can be flavored with garlic, herbs, and other seasonings to add a delicious flavor. Roasted potatoes are a great way to add a bit of crunch and texture to the meal, and they are also a great source of complex carbohydrates.


Q: How long do I need to refrigerate the French Toast?

A: Refrigerate the French Toast for at least 1 hour or overnight to allow the custard to soak through the bread thoroughly.

Q: What are some topping options for French Toast?

A: Popular toppings for French Toast include butter, syrup, honey, fresh fruit, whipped cream, cinnamon, and powdered sugar.

5 Reviews


This was fabulous, I cut the size down and it still worked perfectly. A special occasion brunch!


review by:
(11 Apr 2021)


Made this once and can't wait to have it again on Christmas, when the family gathers for brunch. We loved every luscious mouthful!


review by:
(5 Dec 2020)

Java Joanne

Instant favorite for both dh and I for our Easter breakfast. I served it with a fruit cup. Dh complimented the chef!


review by:
(25 Apr 2020)


I made this for Easter morning for something different for the holiday. My family enjoyed it so much topped with "maple surple" as my grandson calls it. We had strawberries on the side too.


review by:
(13 Apr 2020)


Delicious, simply delicious. My husband who seldom eats french toast, really enjoyed this lovely treat. It was crisp, tender, full of flavor and delicious. Thanks so much for sharing a new family favourite. Made FYC tag game.


review by:
(6 Oct 2019)

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Fun facts:

The Stone Hill Inn in Vermont has been named the "Best Romantic Getaway" by some of the most popular travel magazines, including Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler.

The French toast recipe is believed to have been a favorite of the Roman Emperor Nero, who was known for his lavish feasts.