Seared Orange Challah French Toast

By Erika on May 25th, 2012 / / 1 Comment

The secret to this delicious french toast is soaking the thick challah bread for enough time to get egg all the way to the center, then searing in hot oil to make them delicious and crispy. The orange flavor from the Grand Marnier (or orange extract) is so perfect for the challah bread, and a nice twist to the everyday french toast!

Seared Orange Challah French Toast

Seared Orange Challah French Toast


  • 4 thick slices challah bread (we have a deli cut our's about 1 inch thick) or 8 smaller pieces of challah
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons half--half
  • 1 Tablespoon Grand Marnier liqueur, Triple Sec (or 2 teaspoons orange extract)
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest


  1. Whisk eggs together with half-n-half, vanilla and Grand Marnier (or you could substitute Triple Sec/ orange extract) and orange zest. In a wide bowl or baking dish soak bread in eggs, poking holes every once n awhile in bread with a fork to allow egg to penetrate bread better. Soak until all egg is gone.
  2. Heat canola or vegetable oil in skillet or sauté pan until oil appears slick and hot. Put bread into pan (try to fit 2 slices at a time). Bread should sear and sizzle in oil. Cook until lightly brown and crispy on each side, about 1-2 minutes. Turn heat down and let cook another 1 minute per side, depending on how thick the bread is. Add a bit more oil if doing 2 at a time and repeat.
  3. Serve with butter, maple syrup and powdered sugar.

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  • Kimberly says:

    Mmmmmm, going to make this tomorrow! Brilliant spin on french toast!

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