Orange Pecan French Toast

Orange Pecan French Toast

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"My husband and I were vacationing recently and had this lovely French toast at a bed and breakfast. When we came back home, I kept missing it so I called them up and requested it. They actually gave me the recipe over the phone! I generally halve the recipe for my husband and I, and bake it in an 8 inch square pan. Reheats well in the toaster oven. I served it to my in-laws recently and they loved it. Serve with a little sweetened whipped cream and berries!"

Ingredients 1 h 55 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 235 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 235 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 8.8 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs:
  • 35.8g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 4.5 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 45 mg
  • 15%
  • Sodium:
  • 166 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, melted butter, and corn syrup. Pour into a greased 9x13 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.
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This is an excellent recipe. I didn't need to modify it at all, but I did based on what I had available. I substituted walnuts for pecans and added orange-flavored cranberries before layering the bread. The flavor was excellent and the walnuts helped to tone the richness of the french toast. The only note I would add is that I would let it set for approximately 10-15 minutes before serving. The butter, sugar, syrup mixture needs a little time to carmalize and the french toast retains the heat for quite a while after serving. The 10-15 minutes will also allow the bread to firm up a little and arrive at a nice texture.


SOP, I love you. I made this today for a friend of mine who came for breakfast with frozen blackberries sweetened with a little sugar and some homemade whipped cream...and out of the baked French toast recipes that I've tried this one is absolutely the best. I did make some adaptations which worked out quite nicely; added a little more orange peel than the recipe called for and a little less orange juice (about 1/2 cup). I also used brioche instead of French bread and was delighted with the results! Thank you (and the bed & breakfast you and your husband stayed at!) for supplying this amazing recipe. It'll be on my repetoire for YEARS to come!


This recipe is phenomenal. One tip is to either use stale bread or crisp it up in the oven before hand. My family adores it!