I am not always good at getting myself to prepare breakfast the night before, at least not if I wait until after dinner to do so. This recipe, however, makes it all worthwhile. YUM! I think that the flavors are so great, it needs no syrup or topping. Gilding the lily and all that stuff. See for yourself. You can always make the sauce or use syrup. You want your guests, loved one, or both, to see the bread when it comes out of the oven all puffed and inviting. Sit down, dive in, and enjoy! —bella s.f.
we've served 4. some might think that that is indulgent, and stretch it to 6.
In a large bowl, whisk together the orange zest, orange juice, sugar, vanilla, Grand Marnier, eggs, half & half, and the salt. Arrange the bread slices in glass baking dishes. Pour the liquid mixture over the bread, turning to coat. Chill overnight.
Preheat oven to 400. Butter baking sheets. Using a slotted spatula, arrange the bread in one layer, leaving at least 2" between slices. Bake in the middle of the oven for 5 minutes. Rotate pans and bake 5 more minutes. Turn the bread over and baked 5 minutes. Rotate the pans and bake till the bread is puffed and golden, about 5 minutes more.
Orange Butter Sauce
In a small saucepan cook ingredients over a low heat. Stir till butter is melted. Pour over the French Toast, or use to dip your forkfulls into.