I have your Tuesday pick-me-up.
Pillowy French toast smothered in whipped coconut cream and orange jam and topped with a candied orange.
A little over the top? Yes, but totally necessary considering today’s Tuesday and Tuesdays are hard. Heck, any day at the office is a toughie, but especially a gloomy, rainy Tuesday like we're having in the District today. So I brought you sunshine on a plate to cheer you up. And I know I’m easily excited but believe me when I say that this is my new favorite thing out of all of the things.
The hubs wasn’t nearly as excited when I told him how I made the most delicious orange French toast while he was at work. Imagine a look of confusion mixed with a bit of revulsion as he asked "Orange? Like the fruit?". But I think that was really just disappointment over that fact that I also ate said French toast while he was at work. Burn.
I just couldn’t stop it was soo good. But this is coming from a girl who dresses up grapefruit like an ice cream sundae and coffee like a Samoa Cookie. Throw coconut cream on anything and I’ll be wishing I could dive into it and eat my way out.
So in case you don’t already have dinner plans, might I suggest breakfast for dinner?
Orange French Toast Recipe
Loaf of bread (this can be gluten free or whatever you have on hand)
1 c orange juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 can coconut cream, whipped (see this recipe for instructions)
1 tbsp grated orange peel
For the candied oranges (optional)
1/2 c agave
2 c water
1 whole orange thinly sliced
- Combine the orange juice, eggs, and vanilla in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
- Slice bread into 1 inch thick pieces and lay in a casserole dish. Pour the egg mixture over top of the bread and allow to soak for at least 2 hours. Flip the bread every now and then to ensure even absorption of the liquid.
- In the meantime, make your candied oranges by bringing the agave and water to a boil in a wide, shallow pan. Lay the orange slices in the syrup mixture and simmer for about 40 minutes or until the white part of the orange turns translucent and most of the water has evaporated. Remove from the syrup and lay on a wire baking rack until cool.
- Preheat a griddle or skillet to medium and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Cook bread slices until browned on both sides and relatively firm in the middle (about 5 minutes per side).
- Remove from griddle and top with orange jam, coconut cream, grated orange peel and candied oranges.