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Convection Brunch - Baked Crème Brulee French Toast
This brunch menu includes 3 different dishes that can be cooked at the same time in one oven using the True Convection or Convection Bake mode. Because the cooking time and temperature are the same for all 3 recipes, you can plan the cooking so the food will be ready to serve at the exact time you want to eat. The menu includes a frittata-style dish with green chilis and cheese, a baked french toast casserole, and to round it out some roasted potatoes with sausage and peppers.
Each dish serves 6 - 8 people.
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp maple syrup or agave syrup
1 loaf plain Challah bread
6 large eggs
1 ½ cups ½ & ½
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp salt
Heat the oven in the Convection or Convection Bake mode 325°.
Combine the butter and sugar in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan over moderate heat. Stir in the syrup and whisk until smooth then pour into a 9x13x2” oven casserole dish.
Slice the bread into 8 thick slices and trim off the crusts then arrange in the dish over the melted butter mixture.
Whisk the eggs with half and half, vanilla, and salt, and pour over the bread.
Cover with a sheet of wax paper and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight. Remove from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes prior to baking. Bake for 0 - 35 minutes until puffed and golden.
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Almond Orange Olive Oil Cake
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1 - cup whole raw almonds lightly toasted and cooled
¾ - cup twice-sifted cake flour
1 ½ - teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of kosher or sea salt
4 - large eggs
1 - cup sugar
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
Finely grated zest of one small orange or Meyer lemon
⅔ - cup extra virgin olive oil
Toast the almonds in the Convection Mode 325 degrees until golden brown inside, set aside to cool completely.
Leave the oven set at 325 or change to 350 degrees if using standard Bake Mode.
Butter the bottom and sides of a 9” round cake pan and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.
Place the almonds in a food processor with one third of the cake flour and process until almost as fine as sand.
In a medium sized bowl whisk together the remaining cake flour, baking powder and salt then whisk in the ground almond mixture.
In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the eggs on high speed until well-blended. Add the sugar gradually then add the vanilla and orange zest. Continue whipping on high speed until the mixture triples in volume, about 3 minutes.
On low speed, add the flour mixture in three batches alternating with the olive oil and beating just until the batter is blended.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until firm to the touch in the center. Cook in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a rack.
Recipe from “Wine Country Table ” author Janet Fletcher