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Upside-Down Orange French Toast Recipe

Upside-Down Orange French Toast Recipe

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. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

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.

Wine Pairings

Sparkling Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.