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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Let the bread dry 8 hours
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 226 kcal
Author: Jillee


  • 6 Eggs
  • Salt
  • 2 cups Half-and-Half
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 Orange Zest
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp Vanilla
  • 1 loaf French bread thickly sliced


  1. The night before you want to serve the French toast, slice bread into thick slices and leave it out to dry.
  2. The next morning, add eggs and a dash of salt to a mixing bowl and beat with a fork until mixed.
  3. Add eggs, orange juice, zest (if you’re using it), and half-and-half into the mixing bowl and whisk together.
  4. Soak bread slices thoroughly in the egg mixture.
  5. Place as many soaked bread slices in a lightly-greased hot skillet as will fit in single layer.
  6. Cook over medium heat until golden brown and no visible liquid egg remains, turning once.
  7. Transfer to a pan in a 200-degree oven to keep warm while you cook the remaining toast.
  8. Before serving, dust top with powdered sugar.
  9. Serve with maple syrup.

Recipe Notes:

Note: If French bread isn’t to your liking, by all means, try a different bread, such as brioche or Italian. Just make sure it is very dry and/or stale.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 116mg39%
Sodium 262mg11%
Potassium 183mg5%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 350IU7%
Vitamin C 10.3mg12%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.