Orange Cinnamon Baked French Toast And Orange Syrup
Servings 9French Toast Slices and 1 cup Orange Syrup
Author Melissa Sperka
Ingredients you'll need:
9[1"] thick slices French bread
1cuphalf & half
1/4cupfresh orange juice
For the orange syrup you'll need:
2/3cupfresh orange juice
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.
The syrup can be made in advance and warmed just before serving.