Orange Pecan French Toast

We had a great time in Tennessee for Christmas!  I got to soak up lots of time with this little lady:

This picture just melts my heart. He will be such a good Daddy one day! (Although that’s YEARS away people!)

I also had the time to try several new recipes and there are a few I just have to share!  For breakfast on Christmas Eve, we made Orange Pecan French Toast and wow, it was yummy!  It tasted like a cinnamon roll.  It was gone so fast that I didn’t even snap a picture of it, but I borrowed one from Pinterest.

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/3 cup chopped pecans
12 (3/4 inch thick) slices French bread (we used sourdough)
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup 2% milk
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 egg whites
2 eggs
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar for dusting

1.  In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, melted butter, and corn syrup. Pour into a greased 9×13 inch baking dish, and spread evenly. Sprinkle pecans over the sugar mixture. Arrange the bread slices in the bottom of the dish so they are in a snug single layer.  (We broke the bread into pieces) 
2.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the orange zest, orange juice, milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, egg whites, and eggs. Pour this mixture over the bread, pressing on the bread slices to help absorb the liquid. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour, or overnight.  (We made it the night before and cooked it the next morning) 
3.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C ). Remove the cover from the baking dish, and let stand for 20 minutes at room temperature.
4.  Bake for 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

This was super easy and would be perfect for a Saturday morning or a brunch with friends.  Enjoy!

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