Orange French Toast

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For a bread lover like me, I really find it astounding that I cannot remember the last time I made French Toast. I always bake my own bread and there are rarely any slices leftover in the morning to make it. Well, I used Brown Eyed Baker’s Classic White Bread to make Braaibroodjie (post to come later!) and it created two loaves- one for Braaibroodjie and one for French Toast! Deciding on a specific recipe also proved difficult. Over the past year, I have pinned no less than 25 recipes to try. I really need to make extra bread more often. I chose this Orange French Toast Recipe due to having 1 extra orange from my CSA box this week. An extra loaf of bread and an extra orange- worked out great!

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Evan absolutely loved Orange French Toast. I dipped his slice in the milk orange mixture before adding the sugar. The texture was perfect and easy for him to handle after I cut his slice into strips.

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French Toast was created in Medieval Europe as a way to bring new life to stale bread. It was not invented in France (though the French version is called Pain Perdu), but most likely first made by the Romans. There are versions of this dish throughout the world, from Spain (Torrijas) to Germany (Arme Ritter), and even Brazil (Rabanadas). Some regions serve it as breakfast, while it is purely a dessert in others.

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Orange French Toast

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

2 servings

Orange French Toast


1 large egg

1 tablespoon sugar

1/3 cup milk

2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

zest of 1 orange

4 thick (at least 1/2 inch) slices of bread (challah, sandwich bread)

2 tablespoons butter

In a small bowl, whisk together egg, sugar, milk, orange juice, and orange zest. Pour onto a rimmed plate.

Soak each slice of bread in the milk mixture for 30 seconds per side.

In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium low heat. Once melted, fry the soaked slices until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Melt other tablespoon butter after frying 2 slices.

Serve warm, sprinkled with sugar or drizzled with syrup.

Adapted from Everything is Poetry

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Comments: 2

  1. joan 22 February, 2013 at 10:44 am Reply

    I have never had this. Sounds delicious. We recevied a bag full of oranges the other day and I was thinking about what different things I could use them in. Perfect. Thanks!

    • Tara 24 February, 2013 at 2:35 pm Reply

      Hope you enjoy it!

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