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A delicious and fresh twist on a traditional French toast, this Orange French Toast made with Florida’s Natural orange juice is the perfect brunch recipe! You’ll love making French toast this way from now on!

A plate of french toast made with orange juice.
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If you’re looking for a delicious twist for spring brunch then you’re going to love this Orange French Toast! Made with Florida’s Natural orange juice, it’s bursting with bright citrus flavor and perfect for spring.

Did you know that Florida’s Natural orange juice is made from one simple ingredient? Florida oranges! Florida’s Natural orange juice has no artificial flavors or ingredients. There’s no added water, sugar, or preservatives. The orange juice is made only from Florida oranges, giving you fresh-tasting orange juice year-round and making this delicious French toast flavorful.

Why You’ll Love This French Toast Recipe

  • High quality flavors. Florida’s Natural orange juice is crafted with care by five generations of Florida farmers. I believe it’s important to use high quality ingredients when cooking for the best tasting meals, which is why I use Florida’s Natural.
  • It’s flavorful. There’s no better tasting French toast than this recipe! It’s full of flavor and a crowd-pleaser!
  • Family friendly. This is a family friendly breakfast recipe! I’ve yet to see one of my kids turn down a large plate of Orange French toast.

What You’ll Need to Make French Toast at Home

  • Brioche bread
  • Eggs
  • Orange zest 
  • Vanilla sugar or vanilla extract
  • Florida’s Natural No Pulp Orange Juice
  • Heavy cream
  • Butter
  • Suggested toppings: Maple syrup, fresh fruit and cinnamon sugar
Ingredients needed to make orange French toast.

How to Make Orange French Toast

  • Make the custard: In a bowl, mix the eggs really well with the heavy cream, vanilla sugar, orange juice, and orange zest.
  • Heat up a griddle: Place a nonstick griddle or skillet over medium low and melt 1 tbsp. of butter.
  • Drench each piece of bread: Soak the bread in the custard mixture on both sides, but not for too long. Add into the hot skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes until golden on the and fully cooked through.
  • Enjoy: Remove the French toast from the pan and and serve topped with some syrup and fresh fruits. You can also sprinkle a dash of cinnamon sugar on top if you like.
A platter of four orange french toast.

Tips and Notes

  • Mix your egg wash thoroughly to avoid any egg whites congealing on the toast.
  • Use a preheated griddle or pan so you can get a nice crisp on the French toast.
  • Stick to a medium heat when cooking this Orange French Toast. Too high and you’ll burn the coating, too low and the bread will dry out.
  • It’s best to use a big griddle or pan so you don’t have to go through the process too many times.
  • Wipe down the pan between batches and reapply the butter. This way you’ll avoid coating your toast in burnt butter!
  • Do not make the slices thicker than 1 inch—if the bread is too thick, you be left with a raw center.

Make Ahead Tips

  • Make ahead in the morning: If you are preparing this Orange French Toast ahead of time in the morning, you cook the French toast and keep warm by leaving it in a single layer on a sheet pan in a 250F oven for up to 45 minutes.
  • Make ahead the night before: Prepare the custard by mixing the ingredients together. Cover in plastic wrap and store in the fridge until ready for use in the morning. Whisk the custard well right before cooking.
  • Freezer: Make the French toast and allow it to cool completely. Place a sheet of wax paper between each slice and wrap the stack tightly in aluminum foil or place inside a heavy-duty freezer bag, then freeze. Enjoy within 1 to 2 months for best quality. Simply add the frozen slices into a toaster or toaster oven, and toast until heated through and crisp.
Orange french toast on a plate served with a kiwi and sliced strawberry.

What Bread to Use for French Toast

This recipe uses brioche bread but here are some alternatives if you’re fresh out of brioche:

Do I Have to Use Heavy Cream?

I really suggest you use heavy cream as its thickness helps coat your French toast nicely. If you don’t have heavy cream, you can use a different dairy option such as:

  • Half and Half
  • Whole Milk
  • Buttermilk
  • Vegan option: coconut milk
  • Vegan option: almond milk

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A delicious and fresh twist on a traditional French toast, this Orange French Toast made with Florida’s Natural orange juice is the perfect brunch recipe! You’ll love making French toast this way from now on!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • 8 slices brioche toast bread, cut into 1-inch thick slices
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 tsp. orange zest, (approximately the zest of 1 small orange)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla sugar, or vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup Florida's Natural No Pulp Orange Juice
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp. Unsalted butter

Suggested Toppings

  • Maple syrup
  • Fresh fruits
  • Cinnamon sugar

Instructions 

  • In a bowl, mix the eggs well with the heavy cream, vanilla sugar, orange juice, and orange zest.
  • Place a nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat, and melt 1 tbsp. of butter in the pan.
  • Drench each piece of French toast into the custard mixture on both sides, until moist throughout but not soggy. Add directly into the hot skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side until golden brown on the outside and fully cooked through.
  • Remove from the pan and serve topped some maple syrup and fresh fruit. You can also sprinkle a dash of cinnamon sugar on top if you like.

Notes

  • Mix your egg wash thoroughly to avoid any egg whites congealing on the toast.
  • Use a preheated griddle or pan so you can get a nice crisp on the French toast.
  • Stick to a medium heat when cooking this Orange French Toast. Too high and you’ll
    burn the coating, too low and the bread will dry out.
  • It’s best to use a big griddle or pan so you can cook multiple pieces at once.
  • Wipe down the pan between batches and reapply the butter. This way you’ll avoid coating your toast in burnt butter!
  • Do not make the slices thicker than 1 inch—if the bread is too thick, you will be left with a raw center.

Nutrition

Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 331IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg
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