Orange French Toast

December 28th, 2017

French Toast

One way to usher in the New Year is with this Cointreau spiked French toast.  The French bread is soaked overnight in a mixture of eggs, orange juice, the orange liqueur, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla.  It can be topped with powdered sugar and an orange infused maple syrup.  We enjoyed this Christmas morning, but it would be perfect for New Year’s Day.


The recipe came from one of my childhood friends.  I have mentioned before that a group of my high school friends and I self-published a cookbook of our favorite recipes.  Norma had spent many years as a caterer and this was one of the breakfast dishes that she liked to serve.  It is very easy to assemble for a crowd once the initial soaking is finished; just brown and serve.

Orange Juice

Serve with Champagne and orange juice for a celebration of the new year.  I offer you love and hope for 2018.


1 loaf of French bread
6 eggs, beaten
2 cups orange juice
1/8 cup Cointreau or other Orange liqueur
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Powdered sugar
6 ounces maple syrup
2 ounces orange juice concentrate
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Slice bread into 1-inch thick slices.  Lay bread in jelly roll pan.  Pour next 7 ingredients that have been whipped together, over the bread and refrigerate overnight.  Turn griddle on medium and heat up.  Lightly butter griddle, lay bread on griddle and cook for 5 minutes on each side.  You can finish cooking if need be in the oven at 325 degrees.

In a saucepan, mix together the maple syrup, orange juice concentrate, and vanilla.  Cook mixture for 15 minutes.  Sprinkle french toast with powdered sugar and pour sauce over it.

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13 responses to “Orange French Toast”

  1. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says:

    I love French toast and this recipe sounds great. Happy New Year Penny!

  2. Love French toast but it must be served with powdered sugar and yours is. Wishing you all the best in the New Year.

  3. Madonna says:

    If I had a catering friend I would be picking her brain all the time. 🙂 I love the idea of preparing the night before. A friend gifted me with a bottle of Cointreau – a win win. 🙂

    Hope you have a Happy New Year.

  4. Monique says:

    Hppy New Year Penny et famille..I should indulge in FT more:)Life is dessert first they they!

    • Penny says:

      We only indulge occasionally Monique, but it is worth it. Happy New Year. Hope you stay warm inside with the frigid temps outside.

  5. Darla says:

    Yumm…enjoyed seeing you and David on Christmas & looking forward to seeing you in Florida in a few weeks. Wishing you many blessings in 2018!

    • Penny says:

      Looking forward to seeing you in Florida Darla. Hope it warms up. It is supposed to snow in Charleston over New Years.

      • Darla says:

        Wow…it was supposed to snow today in Emerald Isle, but it is 45 and sunny…positively balmy after a morning low of 24! The extended forecast for mid-Jan shows milder temps in FL and NC.

  6. Larry says:

    Looks and sounds delicious Penny

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