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Orange Cinnamon Baked French Toast plated

Orange Cinnamon Baked French Toast

Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword orange-cinnamon-baked-french-toast, overnight-french-toast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chill time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 35 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 345kcal
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 9 (1-inch thick) slices French bread
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Orange syrup:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • The night before: Cut the French bread into one inch thick slices. Butter bottom and sides of a 13 x 9 baking dish and arrange the bread slices side by side in the dish.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together, half and half, eggs, orange juice, orange zest, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and salt. Whisk until the sugar has dissolved and the ingredients are fully combined. Pour evenly over bread slices. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • To prepare: Preheat oven to 425°F. Uncover baking dish and discard plastic wrap. Sprinkle the top of the bread slices with additional cinnamon and sugar. (Eyeball amount) Let sit on counter for 10 minutes.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes or until the tops are golden and the bread is slightly puffy.
  • Meanwhile to make the orange syrup: On the stovetop using a small saucepan, bring sugar, orange juice, honey and cinnamon 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. (Makes around 1 cup)
  • Dust French toast with additional cinnamon and sugar before serving with orange syrup and fresh fruit.


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


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 337mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 282IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg