Orange French Toast Bake

Hosting brunch? Here's a delicious dish you make ahead.

Yield

8 servings

Ingredients

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon granulated (white) sugar
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 eggs
10 (1 inch thick) slices French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (9 cups)
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin orange segments, drained
confectioners' (powdered) sugar, if desired
1 jar (about 12 oz) orange marmalade, warmed

Directions

Generously spray 2 1/2-quart casserole or 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. In large bowl, beat flour, milk, granulated sugar, orange peel, vanilla, salt and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed about 2 minutes or until smooth. Stir in bread cubes until coated.

Pour bread mixture into casserole. Top evenly with orange segments. Cover; refrigerate at least 8 hours but no longer than 24 hours.

Heat oven to 400°F (204°C). Uncover; bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with orange marmalade.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 8 hours
Bake Time: 8 hours 25 minutes

Additional Information

A cup of chopped peaches and a jar of peach preserves instead of the oranges and marmalade is just peachy.

Serve with a side of sliced ham or bacon strips.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 350 (Calories from Fat 60), Total Fat 6 g (Saturated Fat 2 g, Trans Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 165 mg; Sodium 380 mg; Total Carbohydrate 62 g (Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 28 g), Protein 11 g; Exchanges: 2 Starch; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 4

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