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Linda Yao is a student at the University of Pennsylvania, in the beautiful city of Philadelphia. Having grown up amidst music and art classes, she has an appreciation for the aesthetic, including the art of food. In pursuit of her passion for food, she loves sampling the best foods her city has to offer and enjoying time in the kitchen, exploring healthy options for desserts and entrees. Her biggest food weakness? Everything sweet, but especially dark chocolate. She hopes to influence those around her by sharing the joys of a healthy lifestyle.

New Year’s Brunch Recipe: Light Crème Brûlée French Toast With Cinnamon Oranges On The Side

Living a healthier lifestyle, eating better, exercising more frequently, losing x number of pounds . . . Are any of these items part of your New Year’s resolutions? If so, start 2013 right with a healthy New Year’s Brunch option.

This Crème Brûlée French Toast from Skinny Taste is a lighter version of the traditional butter-drenched French toast but is just as decadently delicious. Serve this with Food Network’s easy-to-make cinnamon oranges on the side for an extra vitamin boost to start your day. And if you’re entertaining company, this meal looks deceivingly professional for the relatively easy preparation it requires.

Crème Brûlée French Toast


(Photo Credit: skinnytaste.com)

(Photo Credit: skinnytaste.com)



  • 1 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • cooking spray
  • 10 oz Challah bread, sliced 1 inch thick
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup egg substitute
  • 1-1/2 cups 1% milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Meyers rum (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


In a small heavy saucepan melt brown sugar and water over moderate-low heat, stirring, until smooth and melted, about 1 minute, then pour into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Arrange bread slices in one layer in baking dish, squeezing them slightly to fit.

In a large bowl whisk together eggs, egg substitute, milk, vanilla, rum, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and salt until combined well and pour evenly over bread. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350° F. and bring bread to room temperature.

Bake uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden, 40 to 50 minutes.

Top with cinnamon and powdered sugar.


Cinnamon Oranges:


(Photo Credit: Food Network)

(Photo Credit: Food Network)



  • 2 oranges
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Fresh mint leaves, torn, for garnish




Peel oranges and slice into 1/4-inch thick slices. Place on a serving platter.

Combine honey and cinnamon in a small bowl. Drizzle honey mixture over oranges and garnish with mint leaves.

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