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Recipe: orange cinnamon french toast

Published on: April 01, 2007

Toast of the table

Editor's note:
Little skeptics will never know they're eating an entire egg when they
eat this crowd-pleaser! Chef Tom Douglas brings us a delicious
variation on a brunch classic -- French toast with the subtle
brightness of orange. Kids will love breaking the eggs and soaking the
bread in the custard. Top with fresh berries for a great way to start
any day.

The owner of five of Seattle's
most popular restaurants, the Dahlia Lounge, Palace Kitchen, Etta's,
Lola, and Serious Pie, Douglas was named the Best Northwest Chef by the
James Beard Association in 1994. He's just announced a new project:
developing a line of baby foods and a school lunch program featuring
local and in-season ingredients, with part of the proceeds to go to
charity. Tom and Jackie live in Seattle with their daughter, Loretta.
Visit www.tomdouglas.com for more information.

Orange cinnamon French toast

Makes 4 servings

  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • Grated zest from 1 orange
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, plus more for serving
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 8 slices hearty bread, 1 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for serving

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Combine the eggs, half-and-half, orange
juice and zest, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl. Soak the
bread thoroughly in the custard mixture.

Heat a large sauté pan over medium high heat and add 2 tablespoons of
the butter. Once the butter is melted and beginning to foam, place 4
slices of the soaked bread in the pan. Fry the bread until golden
brown, about 3 minutes, then flip and brown the other side. Remove the
French toast to a baking pan and brown the remaining 4 slices in the
remaining 2 tablespoons butter. When all the bread is in the baking
pan, put the pan in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes until the French toast
is hot and cooked through.

Serve with lots of butter and warm maple syrup and garnish with fresh berries or sliced banana if you like.

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