Zesty Grand Marnier French Toast

Maybe it’s because the morning air is crisp and briskly-cool. Maybe it’s the way the morning light filters into the room. Maybe it’s for no other reason that I have a hankering for a French Toast that isn’t just ordinary. I want some “grown up” toast, made with Grand Marnier and fresh orange zest. Yeah, it’s a beautiful morning – might just need to whip up some fancy French Toast. Would you like a slice or three?

Zesty Grand Marnier French Toast
6 Eggs
1 1/3 Cups Milk
6 Tablespoons Grand Marnier
1 Tablespoon Fine Orange Zest
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
12 Slices Texas Toast
Maple Syrup

Heat electric griddle to about 325 degrees. Brush with butter-flavored margarine.

In a blender, blend eggs and milk until smooth. Add Grand Marnier, zest and spices. Blend until smooth. Pour mixture into a shallow bowl.

Slice Texas toast to create two points. Dip into batter and cook on griddle until golden brown. Flip and cook to golden brown. Just before removing from griddle, place a small pat of butter on each toast slice and allow it to melt.

Cook toast in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding the griddle. As toast is finished, simply transfer to a large serving platter and keep in a warm (not hot) oven until ready to serve.

If desired, dust with powdered sugar and garnish with slices of orange just before serving. Serve with warm Maple Syrup.

This wonderful toast goes great with crisp bacon and fresh fruit. For awesome, crisp bacon check out Kiddo’s Secret to Crisp Bacon.

French Toast - With Bacon

Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole with Blueberry Syrup

As long as we’re on a Saturday morning breakfast roll here (no pun intended) – how ’bout one of those delightful overnight recipes for French Toast? This recipe will feed a crowd, which is great with the holidays looming just around the corner. As a casserole cooked breakfast dish, it travels nicely to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving morning when you are helping out in the kitchen or Christmas morning when the kids are opening up their stockings.

Be it family gathering for Thanksgiving or over the Christmas Holidays, this is a great start to the morning. It just pops with color, flavor and delight. In our house, Blueberries and Christmas Morning have always gone hand-in-hand.  Blueberry muffins; blueberry pancakes or blueberry waffles – you get the idea. What I really like about this particular blueberry breakfast is that most of the prep work is done the night before. Just make the syrup in the morning while the toast is baking. (I suppose you could cheat a little and buy blueberry syrup . . .)

Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole With Blueberry Syrup
French Toast Casserole
12 slices day-old bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 cup fresh blueberries
12 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup maple syrup

Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange half the bread cubes in the dish, and top with cream cheese cubes. Sprinkle 1 cup blueberries over the cream cheese, and top with remaining bread cubes.

In a large bowl, mix the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and syrup. Pour over the bread cubes. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.

Remove the bread cube mixture from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cover, and bake 30 minutes. Uncover, and continue baking 25 to 30 minutes, until center is firm and surface is lightly browned.

While toast is baking, make syrup.

Blueberry Syrup
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon butter

In a medium saucepan, mix the sugar, cornstarch, and water. Bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, cook 3 to 4 minutes.

Mix in the remaining 1 cup blueberries. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, until the blueberries burst. Use a fork to mash berries, leaving some more or less whole. If a smoother syrup is desired, pour into a blender and puree. Return syrup to the saucepan over low heat before continuing.

Stir in the butter, and pour over the baked French toast.


Best Ever Cinnamon Bread French Toast

cinnamon breadIf you have a Costco near you, RUN don’t walk to the bakery section and pick up a loaf of Greenleo’s Best Cinnamon Bread. We are talking Handmade Artisan Bread the way we would bake it if we had the time. I kid you not, this sticky, sweet bread will transform into the most awesome Cinnamon-Roll-French-Toast extravaganza and your entire family will be doing a “It’s a Beautiful Morning” happy dance around the breakfast table. So quick, so easy and oh so delicious!

Cinnamon Bread French Toast
1 Loaf Greenleo’s Best Cinnamon Bread
3 Large Eggs
1 Cup Half and Half
1/2 Teaspoon Fine Baker’s Sugar
1/2 TEaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Pinch Nutmeg
Powdered Sugar for dusting, if desired
1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans for garnish, if desired

Using a blender or electric mixer, blend together the eggs, half and half, sugar, vanilla and nutmeg until smooth. Pour mixture into a shallow dish or bowl large enough to dip the bread into.

Heat a flat griddle to about 300 degrees.  Lightly butter hot griddle. Slice bread in half. Dip bread into egg mixture. Grill bread for about 3 minutes or until nicely golden, flip and grill other side about 2 minutes.  Once bread has been flipped, smear on a little butter so that it melts into the bread.

If desired, dust with powdered sugar and chopped pecans or serve with warm syrup.

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