Baked French Toast with Pecans

    Baked French Toast with Pecans


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    About this recipe: This delicious dish, is pretty similar to bread and butter pudding. The recipe calls for orange zest, orange juice and pecans, for extra flavour and crunch. Serve as breakfast, brunch, dessert or as a snack.

    Serves: 12 

    • 220g dark brown soft sugar
    • 75g unsalted butter, melted
    • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
    • 40g pecans, chopped
    • 12 (1.75cm) slices French bread
    • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
    • 250ml fresh orange juice
    • 125ml semi-skimmed milk
    • 3 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3 egg whites
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tablespoon icing sugar for dusting

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Extra time:1hr soaking  ›  Ready in:1hr55min 

    1. In a small bowl, stir together the dark brown soft sugar, melted butter and golden syrup. Pour into a greased 23x33cm or similar sized baking dish and spread evenly. Sprinkle pecans over the sugar mixture. Arrange the bread slices in the bottom of the dish so they are in a snug single layer.
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the orange zest, orange juice, milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, egg whites and eggs. Pour this mixture over the bread, pressing on the bread slices to help absorb the liquid. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.
    3. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Remove the cover from the baking dish and let stand for 20 minutes at room temperature.
    4. Bake for 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

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