Upside-Down Orange French Toast Recipe
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Upside-Down Orange French Toast Recipe

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I like to serve this for breakfast when we have overnight guests or for a holiday brunch. It gives Florida visitors a taste of sunshine! —Barbara Carlucci, Orange Park, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 12 slices French bread (3/4 inch thick)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter flavoring

Nutritional Facts

2 pieces equals 517 calories, 33 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 343 mg cholesterol, 470 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 14 g protein.


  1. Place butter in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Combine the sugar, pecans, orange peel and cinnamon; sprinkle over butter. Arrange bread in dish. Dot with cream cheese. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, orange juice, orange liqueur if desired and butter flavoring; pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. To serve, invert slices onto plates. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Upside-Down Orange French Toast in Taste of Home December/January 2010, p77

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Reviewed Apr. 27, 2012

"So yummy!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"I found this recipe but as I made it found I did not have half the ingredients. Substitutes 50/50 orange juice and tropical fruit juice for the 1 cup Orange juice, had no cream cheese and used sliced almonds instead of pecans - still tasted wonderful. I only made 7 slices as we only have 2 adults, a 2 year old and a 4 year old, next time I will only make 5 slices as the french toast was way too filling for us (even the adults) to eat it all."

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2011

"Ever since I came across this recipe, my family has loved me for finding it. This recipe is an official holiday/special occasion breakfast. I always have to make a double recipe because everybody wants seconds! (And there is only 5 people in my family...)"

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2011

"The cinnamon-sugar topping is heavenly! However, as much as I love cream cheese, I really think this recipe would be much better without it."

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2010

"I loved this French Toast..add the orange..Hum Hum!"

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