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Orange Cinnamon Baked French Toast And Orange Syrup

Servings 9 French Toast Slices and 1 cup Orange Syrup
Author Melissa Sperka

Ingredients

  • Ingredients you'll need:
  • 9 [1"] thick slices French bread
  • butter
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • For the orange syrup you'll need:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Cut the French bread into one inch thick slices.
  • Butter the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 baking dish and arrange the bread slices side by side in the dish.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together, the half & half, eggs, orange juice, orange zest, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and salt. Whisk until the sugar has dissolved and the ingredients are fully combined.
  • After the mixture has come together, pour it evenly over all of the bread slices.
  • Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • To prepare: Preheat the oven to 425°F. Uncover the baking dish and discard the plastic wrap. Sprinkle the top of the bread slices with additional cinnamon and sugar.
  • Place the dish into the preheated oven and bake for 22-25 minutes or until the tops are golden and the bread is slightly puffy.
  • To make the orange syrup: In a small saucepan, bring all of the ingredients to a boil.
  • Lower the heat to a simmer, and continue to cook for 15 minutes until thickened and reduced. The syrup will become dark amber in color.
  • Serve warm with the french toast. Yield: approximately 1 cup
  • Just before serving, dust the French toast with additional cinnamon and sugar. Serve with a side of homemade orange syrup and fresh fruit.

Notes

The syrup can be made in advance and warmed just before serving.