We have a great breakfast idea for tomorrow morning. Doesn't french toast, made with Portuguese Sweet Bread, orange and cinnamon sound delicious? Get your grocery list out because there are a few ingredients you may need and what better way to make grumpy people happy when they get up in the morning.
We were introduced to this recipe a few years ago on Giada DeLaurentiis' show, Giada's Weekend Getaways when she was traveling in Seattle, WA. She had brunch at Cafe Nola and ordered Chef Kevin Warren's French Toast. Having served many a brunch, we figured this would be a great addition to our list of breakfast items.
To date the responses have been amazing. We have served it for Mother's Day Brunch, our Archie Girls Breakfast and lazy Sundays when we have a full house of kids. The french toast is delicious with a hint of orange and cinnamon. It's sweet and melts in your mouth. I can actually say, this is the best french toast you will ever eat.Ingredients
- 1 loaf Challah Bread
- Melted butter, to oil griddle
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 orange, zested and juiced
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
- Orange Bourbon Butter, recipe follows
Note: When we make this recipe we have always like to change it up. We use Portuguese Sweet Bread if we can't find Challah Bread. We also love cinnamon, so we put about 1-1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon in our mix and also add a teaspoon of vanilla. Both recipes work well. We have also made it with half and half when we haven't had heavy cream and it is equally as good.
Cut challah bread in 1-inch thick slices. Allow to sit out for awhile to dry out.
Heat griddle to 350 degrees F and lightly brush with a butter soaked piece of paper towel.
Combine eggs, heavy cream, orange zest and juice, cinnamon and ground nutmeg in a shallow wide dish. Dip the slices of bread into the egg mixture allowing it to soak in on both sides. Transfer to each piece to the hot griddle and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Try to flip only once.
Serve with Orange Bourbon Butter.
- 1 pound unsalted butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons orange flavored liqueur (recommended: Cointreau)
- 2 tablespoons bourbon
- 3 tablespoons orange zest
Cream the butter in a mixer. Add the bourbon and orange zest and mix well. Leave at room temperature and serve with the French toast.