Baked Orange French Toast

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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 400°F 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.