Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Orange French Toast

Awhile back I found this recipe on Allrecipes, and fell in love. The added orange flavor really kicks the french toast experience into high gear.

Of course, I never can leave a recipe be, so I soon began tweaking and changing the recipe to reach "perfection." Part of the tweaking was figuring out how to include more protein, because protein is one of my major pregnancy focus areas. It's also the one area that I must maintain if I want to feel good. Days I don't get much protein I'm constantly hungry, days I get a good amount of protein I'm satisfied. With that in mind, breakfast is a good place to start!

This recipe is the one I used for Freezer Cooking Day 3 this month. It makes more than we eat in a single meal, however it is nice to be able to freeze the extras for another meal.

1 dozen eggs
1 Tbs orange juice (optional)
1 Tbs orange zest
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
6 pieces of whole grain bread

Combine all ingredients in a dish except bread and mix well. 

  Dip bread into dish, coating in egg mixture on both sides, and allow to soak for at least 2 hours, but as long as overnight. The bread will not soak up all the egg mixture. When prepared to cook, place on skillet at medium-low heat.

To give it that extra boost of protein, I use a trick I learned from my mom. First prick each piece of bread generously with a fork...
...and then ladle spoonfuls of the leftover egg mixture into the bread. Take your time with this, the bread will not absorb the egg quickly. If I am patient I can usually use up the full amount of egg mixture, meaning I'm getting a ratio of two eggs for each slice of bread.

This is what the french toast looked like when I'd finished ladling--you can see how much of the egg mixture each slice took. Once it has cooked (and the egg mixture has firmed up a bit) flip and cook on the other side. When finished, remove from skillet and enjoy!

I usually make enough for several meals, and freeze the leftovers in ziploc bags.

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