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Creme Brulee French Toast

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Ingredients

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1 cup (more if desired) chopped pecans
1 loaf French baguette bread, cut into 1-inch slices
5 large eggs
1-1/2 cups half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon Grand Marnier or 1 teaspoon orange juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

In a small heavy saucepan, melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup over moderate heat, stirring until smooth and melted completely together. Pour mixture into a 9x13x2-inch baking dish coated with non-stick spray. Sprinkle pecans over melted mixture. Place cut slices of French baguette bread on top of melted mixture-press down lightly with hands to ensure bread soaks up melted mixture. Set aside.

In a bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half, vanilla, Grand Marnier or orange juice and salt until well combined. Pour mixture evenly over top of bread and melted mixture. Chill bread mixture, covered, overnight (at least 8 hours and up to 1 day)

Preheat over to 350 degrees and bring bread mixture to room temperature.

Bake bread mixture, uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden, 40 to 45 minutes. Keep an eye on it so you don't burn it.

Serve immediately.

Serves 4 to 8-depending on size of serving.

Joan Holmes, Moline



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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