Best baked French toast

    8 hours 35 min

    A simple French toast recipe, with remarkable results. The trick is to soak the bread in the egg mixture overnight. Before baking, the slices of egg-soaked bread are scattered with orange zest and pecans.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 4 eggs
    • 150ml orange juice
    • 75ml milk
    • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 225g Italian bread, such as ciabatta, cut into 2.5cm slices
    • 75g unsalted butter, melted
    • 55g pecans, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:8hr soaking  ›  Ready in:8hr35min 

    1. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, orange juice, milk, sugar, nutmeg and vanilla extract. Place bread slices in a tightly spaced single layer in the bottom of a flat dish or baking tin. Pour milk mixture over bread, cover and refrigerate overnight, turning once.
    2. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    3. Coat a swiss roll tin or rimmed baking tray evenly with the melted butter. Arrange soaked bread slices in a single layer on tin. Sprinkle evenly with orange peel and pecans.
    4. Bake in preheated oven until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Check slices during last 10 minutes of baking time to avoid burning.

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    This was a bit too bland. I made itr for Christmas brunch.....I did like the crispy texture however....I would recommend using a bit more spice such as cinnamon....probably personal preference  -  01 Jan 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I served this as one of the dishes for a Sunday brunch this morning for 8 guests, and it was a success. I used skim milk, substituted Splenda for the sugar and cinnamon for the nutmeg, and sprayed the baking pan with PAM. I think a cinnamon raison bread would be yummy but as I try to eat whole grain products, I used whole wheat bread. I may add some raisons next time and make half with nutmeg to see which flavor we like best. My company had a choice of eating it plain (which was fine) or topping it with pourable Splenda, sugar, syrup, or fresh strawberries.  -  25 Apr 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Very good for low fat. I used cooking spray instead of butter to grease the pan and it still tasted fantastic.  -  24 Nov 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)