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Pecan Orange French Toast

 Pecan Orange French Toast
Thick bread slices, a touch of grated orange peel and crunchy pecans make this French toast something special. —Allan Whytock, Lebanon, Oregon
6 ServingsPrep: 10 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 slices Italian bread (1 inch thick)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • Maple syrup

Directions

  • In a small bowl, whisk the first seven ingredients. Place bread in a
  • 13-in. x 9-in. dish; pour egg mixture over the top. Cover and
  • refrigerate overnight, turning slices once.
  • Pour butter into a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan; top with
  • bread. Sprinkle with pecans. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or
  • until golden brown. Serve with syrup. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice (calculated without syrup) equals 418 calories, 26 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 169 mg cholesterol, 389 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 10 g protein.