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Orange Scented French Toast

Orange Scented French Toast

Stack of french toast in a puddle of maple syrup pinit
Stack of orange scented french toast on plate with glass of orange juice

I have been a bit M.I.A on here recently as my food photography business picks up, along with my ‘day job’. Never the less, I am excited to share this orange scented french toast recipe today for national french toast day. This recipe combines fresh orange zest with warm holiday spices to create this festive breakfast. French toast is so easy to throw together and is always a crowd pleaser!

What do you need to make orange scented french toast?

The basic ingredients for french toast typically include bread, egg and milk. This recipe includes orange zest, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg to add a fresh, yet cozy flavor.

French toast ingredients laid out on bench

The bread

There are a LOT of opinions on what is the best bread to use when making french toast, with brioche often topping the list. But what happens if you can’t find brioche at the store? The truth is that a thick cut sturdy white bread will work for french toast. You want to avoid bread that is too thin! Thin bread will likely fall apart once dipped in the egg/custard mixture. The Kitchn has a good article that outlines four different breads that work well for french toast.

Tips for making the french toast

When making the egg custard mixture use a bowl or dish with flat bottom rather than a bowl with a large tapper. A bowl/dish with a flat bottom will make coating the bread a lot easier.

Egg custard mixture in bowl with bread

Preheat your pan/skillet over a medium heat while gathering ingredients and making the custard mixture. You want the pan to be hot when you place your first piece of toast, but not too hot that it burns the outside before cooking the inside. Generously grease the pan with butter when you are ready to start cooking the toast to prevent it from sticking. I recommend dipping the bread in the custard mixture right before you cook it, rather than doing all six pieces at the same time. This will prevent the bread from becoming too soggy and difficult to work with.

French toast being cooked in frying pan

Cook the toast until golden brown. Keep an eye on the heat level in the pan. If the toast is browning too quickly before the center is cooked turn down the heat to medium-low.

Stack of french toast in a puddle of maple syrup

Looking for other breakfast ideas?

Check out these other recipes from my blog archives.

Stack of pancakes with syrup being drizzled on top
Apple cinnamon pancakes
banana walnut pancake stack with maple syrup poured over top
Banana walnut pancakes

Did you try this easy orange scented French toast? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Don’t forget to tag us on social media @mandy.macc.bakes.

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Orange Scented French Toast

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 15 mins Servings: 2


This orange scented French toast combine fresh orange zest with warm spices to create the perfect breakfast dish. This recipe is super easy meaning you can have breakfast on the table in less than 20 minutes!



  1. Heat pan or skillet over medium heat

  2. Mix eggs, milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and orange zest in a shallow flat bowl or dish until well combined

  3. Dip the bread in the egg mixture allowing the bread to soak up some of the mixture. Turn the bread and repeat on the other side

  4. Grease preheated pan with butter. Fry toast until golden brown on one side. Flip toast and fry until golden on remaining side

  5. Serve immediately with maple syrup or powdered sugar

Keywords: Breakfast, French Toast, Orange

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