Thursday, February 23, 2012

Orange Creme French Toast

We went to Utah's State Fair several years ago and watched a nice woman make this. It's so simple and so delicious that we can never go back to the "old flip-flip-fry" way of baking french toast. Take a look, give it a try, and let me know what you think!

6 Slices Thick Bread*
6 Eggs
3/4 Cup Milk
1/2 tsp Orange Flavor
1/2 tsp Mexican Vanilla**
6 Tbsp Sugar
Squirt of fresh orange juice or a few teaspoons of orange juice (optional)
6 Tbsp Butter

1. Preheat a griddle to 300 - 325 degrees F. (Or a frying pan on your stove to Medium - Med/High heat.)
2. In a shallow dish whisk together eggs, milk, both flavorings, sugar and orange juice.
3. Dip one side of the bread into egg mixture and flip over (as you would normally).
4. Prick the egged side all over with a fork. Flip the slice back over in the egg mixture.
5. Prick the other side all over with a fork.
6. Carefully lift the bread onto a medium-hot griddle, frying pan, etc. Don't worry if the bread falls apart a little. Just put it all together on the griddle and it'll cook back together.
7. Cook for 3 - 5 minutes. Flip over. Lather with 1 Tbsp Butter. Cook for another 3 - 5 minutes or until puffy and done. The toast will be soft, but not gooey.

Serve Hot with POWDERED SUGAR.  Please, please, I BEG YOU, do not ruin this with syrup! (Ok, you can if you want. Just don't tell me, ok?)

*Texas Toast is too thick, Wonder Bread too thin. We use Nature's Own 100% Wheat Bread, but my FAVORITE when I'm not worrying about calories and fiber and all is Grandma Sycamore's White Bread (found in Western U.S.). I think Pepperidge Farm's Country White is excellent, too. Just use a good hearty bread.

**The lady who did the cooking show insisted that imitation vanilla would ruin this recipe, and while I'm not arguing that Mexican Vanilla is DIVINE, imitation is fine.

Source: Utah State Fair--Owner of The 1887 Hansen House Bed and Breakfast Inn, Sandy, UT



  1. And where would one buy "Mexican Vanilla" if she didn't live in the Southwest of the U.S.?

  2. Any Ethnic Mexican store should carry it (and at much cheaper prices).

  3. We just tried the recipe and I had were those little cutie oranges. I zested one, probably about 1/2 tsp worth and then juiced it. I thought the french toast had plenty of orangey flavor. So maybe the orange flavor isn't a necessity??

    1. I only use the orange flavor when we don't have oranges. Sometimes I leave it out all together and the french toast still turns out delectable! :)