Baked Orange French Toast

French Toast/Waffles/Pancakes/Crepes

Ingredients

3 T. freshly grated orange zest
2 C. fresh orange juice
1/4 C. sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla
2 T. Triple-Sec (orange liqueur)
6 large eggs
1/2 C. half and half
Pinch of Salt
8 (1" thick) good-quality diagonal slices Italian bread
3 T. unsalted butter, melted

Sauce:
3 T. unsalted butter
2 T. sweet orange marmalade
1 T. Triple-Sec (orange liqueur)
Directions

In a large bowl, whisk together zest, juice, sugar, vanilla, Triple-Sec, eggs, half and half and a pinch of salt. Arrange bread slices in one layer in a 13x9x2" baking dish. Pour mixture over bread, turning slices to coat and chill, covered, 4 hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 400F and brush a large baking sheet with butter. using a slotted spatula, arrange bread in one layer on baking sheet, leaving at least 2" between each slice and bake in middle of oven for 5 minutes. Turn bread over
and bake 5 minutes more. Rotate pan and bake until bread is puffed and golden. Serves 4.

Sauce: Make sauce while bread is baking. In a saucepan, cook butter, marmalade and Triple-Sec over low heat; stirring until butter is melted. Drizzle French toast with sauce and serve with syrup.

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