Orange French Toast

by Beyond Kimchee on May 23, 2014 · 13 comments

Orange French ToastI am not a morning person to be honest. And the breakfast in my house has to be the simplest kind possible, otherwise it will be my family’s DIY (do it yourself).

However, on occasional weekends when I get ‘the breakfast feel’ floating throughout my body, I can cook some mean breakfast. And this Orange French Toast is one of my family favorites.

The recipe is from Emeril Lagasse and I adapted slightly to meet the taste bud of my family. It is a simple recipe but the taste is something you would expect in a fancy bed and breakfast. Freshly squeezed orange juice is a must to enjoy these lovely toasts.


Orange French ToastNothing sounds better when someone is serving a warm delicious breakfast in bed when you are not expecting. And it is even better if they are made all from scratch, right? This might be the perfect breakfast to serve the man of your life on Father’s Day.

If you like anything with orange flavor, you will love these toasts.


challa breadThis is the Challah bread.


Orange French ToastI highly recommend to use a day old challa bread or french bread. About 3/4″ thick slices would be ideal.


tutorial-3Zest the orange and squeeze out its juice.


tutorial-5In a shallow bowl (I used a pie pan), mix orange zest and juice, milk, eggs, sugar, and cinnamon.


tutorial-6Whisk well.


tutorial-7Melt butter in a skillet over med-low heat. I just use a stick of butter. Easy and quick!


tutorial-8Dunk the bread slice and let it soak the milk mixture a little , but not to be drenched completely.


tutorial-9Place them in a skillet and cook for 3 minutes.


tutorial-11Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes until golden brown.  You will feel the bread slice gets slightly puffing up.


tutorial-12Here is my last slices. The given amount of milk and egg is good enough to soak  8 slices of toast.


tutorial-13As I cook the toast, I keep them warm in 200 degree F. oven until I finish the very last slice. That way you can enjoy them warm. But don’t keep them longer than 30 minutes, though.


tutorial-14Dust with powdered sugar before you serve.

Serve these Orange French Toasts drizzled with heated pure maple syrup and breakfast sausage. And you will be able to embrace the glorious morning afterward! Not to mention how impressed your man of life would be on the morning of Father’s Day.

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Orange French Toast
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Serves: 8 slices
This recipe is adapted from Emeril Lagasse
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, optional
  • 8 slices ¾-inch Challah or French bread (a day old bread is even better)
  • unsalted butter for cooking
  • Powdered sugar, optional
  • pure maple syrup, warmed
  1. Preheat oven to 175ºF. Place a baking sheet inside the oven
  2. In a large shallow bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, orange juice, orange zest, sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Soak the bread slices in the egg mixture for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat, add the soaked bread slices to the skillet and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Place the cooked toasts in the baking sheet and keep them warm in the oven until the rest of batches are fried.
  4. To serve, sprinkle with powdered sugar and drizzle with warmed maple syrup

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John@Kitchen Riffs May 23, 2014 at 5:40 pm

I’m not much of a big breakfast person either, so I’d be likely to have this for dinner! Or maybe on a special occasion brunch. Lovely flavors in this — so nice. Thanks so much.


Holly May 23, 2014 at 8:58 pm

My family often have breakfast for dinner, too. Love the refreshing taste of orange in the toast.


Maureen | Orgasmic Chef May 23, 2014 at 5:40 pm

I would be happy to eat these orange french toast anytime during the day! They’re beautiful.


Holly May 23, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Thanks Maureen. I do, too.


leaf (the indolent cook) May 23, 2014 at 8:35 pm

What a bright and cheery breakfast to start off the morning! Great choice of bread too.


Jeanne May 24, 2014 at 3:38 am

What a brilliant idea! Thanks, Holly! I think I shall be trying this out for brunch.


Lynna May 25, 2014 at 1:23 am

I absolutely love a good french toast! it`s one of my favorite breakfast item! I LOVE EBATES TOO!! I love the easy cashback bonus.


Jiji May 26, 2014 at 10:23 am

Challah bread is a brilliant idea!


Judit + Corina @WineDineDaily May 26, 2014 at 4:05 pm

What a delcious way to start the morning. We have had plenty of French Toast days this last month and have to try it with your challa version. J+C


Holly May 27, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Thanks guys. Challarh is a wonderful bread to use for French toast. Hope you get to try soon.


Mary Frances May 27, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Challah really does make the best French toast. I love the addition of orange zest.


Elaine May 28, 2014 at 4:16 am

I love the shape of this French toast. So lovely. And such a perfect texture. And the fried slices are also looks really yummy.


Nami | Just One Cookbook May 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm

You’re not a morning person? Well, lately I became more of a night owl, but breakfast is my favorite meal – I like both savory and sweet and I eat breakfast like dinner… This sounds so delicious! Never had orange in my french toast.


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