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three slices of bread soaking up the orange zest French toast mixture.
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Orange Zest French Toast

This orange zest French toast makes a fragrant, citrus French toast batter for your sit-down breakfast mornings.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Unspecified
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 5 slices
Calories 247kcal
Author uglyducklingbakery


  • 5 slices day old bread (e.g. Portuguese sweet bread, challah, or brioche)
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 1 small orange, zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • butter or neutral vegetable oil (e.g. canola) for frying


  • Slice the bread into slices at least one-half inch thick.
    5 slices day old bread (e.g. Portuguese sweet bread, challah, or brioche)
  • Combine the ingredients for the mixture (eggs, half-and-half, orange zest, orange juice, vanilla, and salt) in a large measuring cup (e.g. 4 cup) or small bowl.
    4 eggs, ½ cup half and half, 1 small orange, zested and juiced, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 pinch salt
  • Heat a griddle or cast iron pan over medium low.
  • Use a shallow baking dish just large enough to accomodate the number of bread slices you want to fry at one time (i.e. if your griddle can accomodate three slices in a single layer, use a baking dish that fits three slices soaking at once). Put the bread in the dish and pour half of the mixture over it to soak.
  • Add butter or oil to your griddle/pain. When that is bubbling, carefully remove a slice of bread, letting the excess French toast mixture drain back into the baking dish, and place it on your griddle. Repeat with all of the slices and then add additional slices to your mixture.
    butter or neutral vegetable oil (e.g. canola) for frying
  • Fry the French toast until the first side has browned (about 3 to 5 minutes). Then flip it over with a large spatula and brown the second side (2 to 3 minutes). This time will vary depending on the thickness of your bread and how much mixture it has soaked up. It should be fluffy and not wet inside at all.
  • Serve warm with maple syrup, powdered sugar, and/or jam.


Variations and substitutions: instead of half-and-half, you can substitute cream, milk, or any non-dairy milk.


Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 199mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg