Thursday, November 29, 2012

Orange Spiced French Toast

As my own family grows, we are making a tradition of  holiday breakfasts.  No one wants to cook on Christmas morning so I have found organizing a delicious meal and just throwing it in the oven works for us (much better than eating leftover cookies).

I loved the recipe found in Gooseberry Patch's The Christmas Table for Orange Spiced French Toast.  At first glance, I was a bit disappointed with having to transfer the bread after soaking onto a jelly roll pan.  My disappointment disappeared with the first bite!  Baking the French toast on the pan really gives it a great crisp finish, nothing soggy about this French toast.  My family loved it!  The accompanying syrup was great too!


French Toast

  • 1 loaf French bread, sliced
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 t nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
Orange Syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


Orange Spiced French Toast
  1. Arrange bread in a single layer in an ungreased 13 x 9 baking pan.  
  2. In a bowl with an electric mixer on low speed, beat remaining ingredients except butter.
  3. Pour egg mixture over bread, turning slices to coat both sides. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 24 hours.
  4. Spread melted butter in a 15 x 10 jelly roll pan (I used a large lipped cookie tray). Arrange bread slices in a single layer on top of butter.  Bake uncovered at 400 degrees Farenheit for 20 to 25 minutes until lightly golden, turning slices once halfway.  
Orange Syrup
  1. In a saucepan over low heat, combine butter, sugar, and orange juice concentrate.
  2. Stir until butter is melted; do not boil.
  3. Cool for 10 minutes; beat with an electric mixer on low speed until thickened.  Stir in pecans.

Difficulty: Medium
Time: Prep time is 20 minutes, plus overnight; baking time is 25 minutes
Source: Gooseberry Patch's The Christmas Table, Copyright 2012

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  1. We have a Christmas eve tradition, where we open one present. Usually a new pair of pajamas

  2. My favorite memory as a child, is my grandmother making Kolaches. She made all the fillings from scratch, and the one I loved most, was apricot. (With prune, a close second.)

  3. I'd love to win your cookbook. They are my weakness!!
    Have a great Christmas, everyone!

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  5. Why do you transfer it out of the 9x13 pan? Just grease the pan before you put the bread in it, let it soak, then put it in the oven. Works really well!

  6. Love cookbooks! Love to win anything! Merry Christmas everyone!

  7. Yummy fish chowder my dear mother used to make

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