1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
3 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
8 slices day-old brioche bread (1 inch thick)
Optional toppings: Butter, maple syrup, fresh berries, whipped cream and confectioners' sugar
In a shallow dish, whisk together the first 7 ingredients. Preheat a greased griddle over medium heat.
Dip bread into egg mixture, letting it soak 5 seconds on each side. Cook on griddle until golden brown on both sides. Serve with toppings as desired.