Adapted from The Southern Living Cookbook, Oxmoor House, 1995
Perfect for feeding hungry family or houseguests. This make ahead dish parks in your refrigerator overnight and all that needs to be done in the morning is browning it on a griddle or in a pan. I use one loaf of french bread and slice it into eight slices about 3/4 inch thick. Eight slices fit perfectly on a standard sized griddle. The accompaning Orange Sauce is good but the french toast is just as good with some warmed syrup.
8 (3/4 inch slices) French bread
1 cup milk
2 tbsp orange juice or 1/4 tsp orange extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp honey
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
Place bread in a13X9 pan. Mix next 7 ingredients well, pour over bread. Turn each slice to make they are coated well. Cover and place in refrigerator overnight. To cook: place piece on large griddle or pan and cook in butter on each side until browned – aboiut 4 minutes per side. Serve with Orange Sauce or warmed syrup.
1 cup firmly packed sugar
2 tsp grated orange rind
1/2 cup orange juice
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan, stir well. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat, simmer and stir until thickened (about 5 minutes).