Citrus French Toast with Marmalade Drizzle


Orange French ToastLately, I’ve been eating challah on Fridays around sundown. My Jewish readers might think, “Such a good girl, going to Shabbat.” Catholic-raised me must tell the truth: I volunteer at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital until 5 PM on Fridays. We have a meditation room (not to be confused with a medication room) and Shabbat services, followed by Rabbi Pearl often visiting me with any unused challah. If co-volunteer Marty is working, he gets the bread – he runs marathons and my fat ass does not. But Marty has been vacationing for over a month. So, I snack. Time to figure out something to do with this bread besides wreck dinner.

Larry recently came up with a household Top Chef challenge. Each of us over the next few weeks would prepare a fresh idea for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Challah on my mind, here was my breakfast performance, Citrus French Toast with Marmalade Drizzle, which received a thumbs-up from Judge Larry. I served it with a parfait of farmers market strawberries, Greek yogurt sweetened with a little OJ, granola.

Citrus French Toast with Marmalade Drizzle

  • Juice of one fresh-squeezed orange, divided
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 thick slices challah, or other egg bread (if bread is super fresh, let slices set out overnight to stale slightly)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

In small saucepan, heat half the orange juice with the marmalade until simmering, turn off heat and set aside.

Slice bread into 1-inch “logs,” four per slice.  In a medium bowl, beat eggs slightly with remaining orange juice.

Melt half the butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, or electric skillet set at 300 degrees F.  Dip bread into egg mixture, coating evenly.

Place half the bread slices in pan, cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.  Remove from pan, repeat with remaining butter and slices. Stack French toast and drizzle with warm marmalade. Serves 2 with six “logs” each.

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1 Worth The Whisk August 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm

That sounds like a good idea, let’s see if Rabbi Pearl stops by again this Friday. 😉

2 jamileena August 16, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I used to work at a convent (not catholic, just crazy) and learned how to make something good, out of nothing much. How about making a crouton bread salad, panzanella?

3 Lynne@CookandBeMerry August 13, 2010 at 8:38 pm

French Toast at our house always has Maple Syrup, but your idea of the Orange Marmalade sounds really delicious. I’m going to have to try that.

4 Worth The Whisk August 11, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Thank you for the photo compliment, Kelly. It was indeed real. I shot a bunch, and Larry wanted to EAT, so I handed him the plate and had my camera in the other hand, kept shooting a bit more. That’s our breakfast crazy table, full of piles.

5 Kelly August 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm

That sounds like my idea of the perfect marriage – someone who challenges me to top chef competitions. Love it. You two are truly too cute. (As an aside, anything with the word drizzle in it cannot be bad.)

Also, I love your first photo Patti. It looks very real life, in a good way, like I imagine the paper in the background is being read by your husband. Sometimes blog photos (definitely mine are the worst offenders) can feel a little static and cut off from real life so I love the reality in this one.

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