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Friday, June 15, 2012

Dreamy Orange French Toast


"Orange" is one of my hubbies favorite artificial flavorings. He loves orange slices, orange gummy bears, 
orange creamsicle's, orange sherbet...you name it, if its orange, he likes it. One morning I was trying to figure out what to make for breakfast, I was feeling "awful thoughtful" and decided I would make something special for him (I know...I know...what a nice wife I am). I came up with this WHOPPER of a breakfast! It was perfect..(yes, really it was). They hubby thought he had "died and gone to heaven"...I hated to tell him that NO, he was just in the kitchen, at the table, eating breakfast and before too long it would be gone and real life would settle back in....(leave it to me to burst his happy little bubble). Needless to say, we will be making this again because everyone left the table smiling!

Dreamy Orange French Toast
6-8 slices bread (dense...homemade or deli bread)
5 eggs
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. heavy whipping cream
1 t. orange extract
1 t. vanilla
5 T. sugar

Heat griddle (spray with pan coating) to approximately 350-375 degrees or use a frying pan on top of the stove(if using a frying pan, make sure to use a NON stick pan sprayed with pan coating). In a mixing bowl combine eggs, milk, cream, orange extract, vanilla and sugar. Whisk until completely mixed. Dip bread into mixture, flipping to ensure both sides are covered. Place dipped bread onto hot griddle. Cook each side for 3-4 minutes (longer if your bread is extra thick). Continue until all bread is cooked. Top with Orange Syrup and Orange Dreamy Cream (RECIPES below)

Orange Syrup
2 small box peach flavored Jell-o
1 c. water
1/2 c. sugar
2 T cornstarch
2 t. orange extract

Mix gelatin, sugar, cornstarch and water together in a small saucepan. Stir continually so that all the lumps from the cornstarch are mixed in. Bring to a rolling boil and continue to stir for 3-4 minutes. Pour into a cup with a spout and cool for 10 minutes or until slightly cooled and thickened. Serve over french toast!

*Syrup won't get really thick, but it's thicker than water

Orange Dreamy Cream
1 c. heavy cream
1-2 t. orange extract (more or less depending on desired taste)
1 T. sugar

Whip heavy cream until it will hold a peak. Add orange flavoring and sugar and whip for 2 minutes or until mixed...don't whip too long or you'll end up with butter. Dollop on top of french toast. 

Julie~

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