French Toast with Vanilla and Orange Zest

I hope that you have some loaves of challah in the oven or the bread box, because you are going to want to make this French toast this weekend.  Lots of the recipes I have posted here are old favorites, but this one is a new favorite.  It’s Ina Garten’s recipe but Sonia made it for me recently, and then I made it again, and frankly, it’s the reason we’ll be baking challah again tomorrow.

Vanilla.  Orange Zest.  Crisp, buttery edges.  Custardy centers.   A drizzle of pure maple syrup, a tumble of fruit, a steaming mug of coffee.  Weekend mornings don’t get better than this.

French Toast with Vanilla and Orange Zest:  In a wide bowl or pan, whisk 6 eggs with 1 1/2 c. milk, 1 Tb. honey, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, and the zest of one orange.  Soak 3/4 inch slices of challah for 5 minutes, turning once.  Cook in plenty of butter over medium heat until nicely browned on each side (meanwhile, get the next batch of bread soaking in the egg mixture).  Transfer to a 250 degree oven while you cook the remaining slices.  Serve with maple syrup and fruit.


12 thoughts on “French Toast with Vanilla and Orange Zest

  1. sewtheday

    Seeing all these yummy recipes makes me a little sad for my egg-allergic child. I remember my mom making me french toast. Yours sounds really good. Mmmm.

    Speaking of bread boxes… do you use one? I’ve been thinking about getting one, but I have no idea what would be good.

    1. emmycooks Post author

      I do have a bread box that I got a few years ago to corral all the loaves and ends and bits that were always piling up on the counter. I think the main considerations are aesthetics and space, since you can get so many sizes and styles.

      As for egg-free French toast, there are tons of great vegan resources online which would probably be useful for egg-free recipes. Here’s a vegan French toast recipe that got rave reviews: You can probably find nutritional yeast at a health food store or order it online; it will provide some of the richness that the egg would otherwise lend to French toast. Hope that helps!


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