Orange French Toast & Pecan Sauce!!!

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If you are really in the mood to completely blow your diet (as I was last weekend), this is the way to do it. Bright, citrus flavors mixed with caramel and bourbon. This decadent breakfast is perfect for the holidays. Don’t substitute another bread – it’s worth it to use challah or brioche. The texture and taste will win you over…

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Ingredients  [ For 2 to 4 people ]    [   Preparation time : 18 minute  –  Cooking time : 32 minutes  ]

FOR THE FRENCH TOAST
  • 6 slice 1″ thick – challah or brioche
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c whole milk
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 1/4 c fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 Tbsp butter
FOR THE PECAN SAUCE
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/3 c water
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 3/4 c pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp bourbon

Preparation Method

  1. Add the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Do not stir the sugar, but swirl occasionally until it turns amber in color – about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and carefully stir in the heavy cream.
  4. Once incorporated, return to heat and stir in the pecans until smooth.
  5. Whisk in remaining ingredients.
  6. Remove from heat allowing it to cool.
  7. Whisk the eggs and sugar together.
  8. Add remaining ingredients except for butter and whisk vigorously until well blended.
  9. Heat a non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  10. Dip bread slices two at a time into the egg mixture, allowing both sides to soak without becoming completely saturated.
  11. Using 1/2 tablespoon of butter for each slice, saute until browned well on both sides.
  12. Wipe out the skillet and repeat with remainder of bread.
  13. Place browned slices directly on the oven grate, preheated to 300 degrees F to finish cooking as you prep the pecan sauce.
  14. Plate the french toast and spoon the pecan sauce (in place of syrup) over it.

 

 

Enjoy it!!

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