Bake up and smell this delightfully delicious baked French toast with orange maple syrup!
You’re salivating and running to your kitchen to check if you have the ingredients to make this, right? As you should!
The best type of bread for baked French toast
My number one recommendation for making any kind of french toast is using a quality loaf brioche or challah bread. It’s extra thick and makes the most gorgeous, fluffy french toast slices.
More importantly, you need a Le Creuset roaster for making your baked french toast, and any other items you’ll be throwing in the oven! Luckily for you, I’ve partnered up with Le Creuset and Nom to give away a roaster of your choice! I’m a firm believer that everyone needs a Le Creuset collection, and this roaster is the perfect place to start. If you’re not familiar with their products, they are enamel cast iron cookware pieces that are made in France, and they are as durable and wonderful as they sound. (Think Julia Child’s kitchen.) Like, they become family heirlooms, to be passed down from generation to generation. (My future daughters-in-law are going to score.)
To enter to win your very own, beautiful roaster, you need to download the Nom app (an awesome food and beverage social app for sharing your favorite foods and recipes on your story) and create a story showing the recipe you’d cook in your Le Creuset Signature Roaster. That’s it! Click here on their blog to get the detailed giveaway steps and link to the app. I’m a super active Nom user and you can check out my channel to get an idea of how it works.
Orange you excited? Me too. Now grab the recipe for this baked french toast with orange maple syrup and enjoy!
Baked French Toast with Orange Maple Syrup
- 1 loaf brioche or challah bread
- 6 large eggs
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup butter cold and cubed
Orange Maple Syrup:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1/4 cup corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- Juice of one orange
- Cut bread loaf on a diagonal into 1 inch slices.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs one at a time until pale yellow and thick. Slowly add in buttermilk, heavy cream, vanilla, and nutmeg. Mix well.
- Carefully dip each slice of bread in the egg mixture, coating both sides. Place in a buttered roaster dish, and continue this step until the baking dish is full, making sure the slices slightly overlap one another. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (or overnight).
- While the bread is chilling, prepare the cinnamon sugar topping. In a small bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Slowly add in cubed butter chunks and mix with a fork until the mixture is crumbly. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator until ready to bake.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove chilled french toast from refrigerator, completely covering the top with half the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place uncovered in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Halfway through, flip the french toast on the other side and cover with remaining half of cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake for another 20-25 minutes until it is crisp and golden.
- While french toast is baking, prepare the orange maple syrup. In a large saucepan, melt together butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, orange juice, and zest on medium heat. Continually stir until it becomes a smooth, thick consistency and turns a caramel color, about 10 minutes.
- When the french toast is done, serve immediately while warm, and top with a hefty serving of the orange maple syrup. Enjoy!
You may substitute milk for buttermilk if you do not have buttermilk on hand.