Orange Pecan French Toast

My husband and I were vacationing recently and had this lovely French toast at a bed and breakfast.Serve with a little sweetened whipped cream and berries!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 12 (3/4 inch thick) slices French bread
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar for dusting
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Directions

Yield – 12 serving Prep Time – 20 m Cook Time – 

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, melted butter, and corn syrup. Pour into a greased 9×13 inch 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 350 degrees F (175 degrees C ). 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 confectioners’ sugar before serving.

Footnotes

  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.