Orange scented French Toast

IMG_20200405_150734So what do you do when you can’t go anywhere? I cook and bake, if you are more ambitioned you might be cleaning out your closets or the king of ambition – you tackle a remodel. I can’t put my mind to anything meaningful but baking and just so that I feel somewhat accomplished I cleaned the car this weekend. IMG_20200405_121348This version of French Toast is very “European” to me as its not very fatty (its baked in the oven and not fried with butter in a pan), it also is not overly eggy like your usual French Toast. Many many years ago when I lived on Capitol Hill there was a little Greek Breakfast place  (El Greco) on Broadway that served this type of French Toast and since I have never found it anywhere else I started to re-create it. The special ingredient in this French Toast is superb eggy Brioche or Challah, 3 different types of “milk” and orange zest.IMG_20200405_120451

Ingredients: makes 6-8 French Toasts

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 a cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 6-8 slices Brioche or Challah
  • Additionally: Powdered sugar, fruit, syrup, whipped cream, chocolate chips, honey, peanut butter, fruit butters, jam (the options are limitless)IMG_20200405_121339


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Mix all the ingredients together
  • Spread the bread out on a baking sheet (with rim) and pour the mixture evenly over the bread. Let it soak for 10 minutes. Turn slices over and let soak another 10 minutes
  • Line another baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer soaked bread slices to lined baking sheet and bake on 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes total or until puffy and golden brown. Turn slices over after 15 minutes, so they brown evenly from both sides. IMG_20200405_121345
  • In the meantime prepare your favorite fruit
  • Put 2 slices of French Toast on each plate, dust powered sugar over the toast and serve it with fruit like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and syrup. A side of bacon is also tasty!

Guten Appetit!IMG_20200405_120408

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