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Upside-Down Orange French Toast

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


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


  • Place butter in a 13x9-in. baking dish. Combine the sugar, pecans, orange zest and cinnamon; sprinkle over butter. Arrange bread in dish. Spread 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.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. To serve, invert slices onto plates.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 517 calories, 33g fat (16g saturated fat), 343mg cholesterol, 470mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • M J
    Nov 26, 2020

    Made this for Thanksgiving morning. It was excellent! I did not have the cream cheese, but as others mentioned it was not missed. I also added 1/2 C of heavy cream to the egg mixture to make it more creamy. The dish had excellent flavor, consistency and baked perfectly.

  • Kathy
    Jan 29, 2019

    Made this over the weekend. It was delicious. I forgot to take the cream cheese out to soften so I used honey pecan soft spread cream cheese instead. Did not have the orange zest or the orange liqueur, but it was delicious anyway. Made the whole recipe for just the 2 of us, but it is great warmed up in the microwave. This is a keeper.

  • krazykatz
    Apr 28, 2013

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  • Sager
    Apr 27, 2012

    So yummy!!!

  • foufee
    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.

  • AbbieC
    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...)

  • Lynnette68
    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.

  • fridayvmh
    Jan 23, 2010

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

  • annalisa_harmon
    Jan 22, 2010

    This is grrreat!

  • annalisa_harmon
    Jan 22, 2010

    This is good!