I was thrilled to find an article on the joys of breakfast for dinner in this month's Wondertime magazine. We are big fans of breakfast for dinner in this house, so I was eager to give this French toast a try.
The bread is coated in a mixture of eggs and orange juice, then baked in honey and butter until it is all sweet and caramelized and oh so yummy. Really, you could call this dessert for dinner. Needless to say, it was a hit with the kids.
Since it bakes in the oven, this would make a wonderful brunch recipe. And while it looks all decadent, it is actually not too heavy, since orange juice is used in place of cream or milk and the caramelized honey glaze replaces the typical maple syrup.
Honey Baked French Toast
adapted from Wondertime
4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
3 tablespoons honey
2/3 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch of nutmeg
6 large slices of Italian or French bread, cut 1/2- 3/4 inch thick (stale bread is fine)
Preheat oven to 375.
Place butter and honey in 9 x 13 baking dish and bake until the butter is melted and the honey is bubbling, about 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir well.
Whisk together the eggs, orange juice, orange zest and spices. Soak the bread in the egg and orange juice mixture for 2 minutes on each side. Then place the bread in the dish of honey butter and bake for 25 minutes. Serve the toast honey better side up.
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