Orange-spiced Christmas French toast is made with brioche makes a refreshing and delicious winter brunch or breakfast – special enough for Christmas morning.
A Christmas Morning Treat
Do you breakfast or not on Christmas Day? My family tradition is to have the main feast at lunchtime, which means that the bird goes into the oven in the morning. Given the quantity (and richness) of the food at Christmas lunch, a light breakfast in is order.
For years I ate the satsuma from the toe of my stocking, and then nothing until mid morning, when I’d have an indulgent chocolate biscuit (the type that are more chocolate than biscuit) with my coffee.
This orange-spiced French toast is perfect for a quick and relatively light brunch. It does not take long to make and doesn’t need much preparation, which means it doesn’t need to take too much time away from presents or get in the way of lunch preparations.
For a festive treat, I have used brioche in place of bread. Obviously, you can make your own. However, an all-butter, pre-sliced supermarket version works very well indeed for this Christmas French toast, and saves a lot of fuss. French toast is, of course, simply a more elegant name for eggy bread, but the zest, fruit and spices make it special and fresh.
How to Make Christmas French Toast
Step one – Pre-heat a frying pan. Briefly beat the eggs and milk together and add the orange zest and spices.
Step two – Pour the mixture into a wide, flat bowl large enough to take a slice of brioche.
Step three – Dip the brioche slices into the egg mix. Turn them gently to make sure they are well soaked through.
Step four – Fry in the butter until golden. Turn each slice once to cook on both sides.
Step five – Serve orange-spiced French toast immediately with maple syrup and berries or other fruit.
Orange-Spiced French Toast (Christmas French Toast)
- 3 eggs
- 100 ml milk
- zest of 1 orange
- 1 pinch allspice
- 1 pinch cinnamon
- 4 slices brioche
- butter for frying
Garnish for serving
- maple syrup
- fresh berries or other fruit
- Pre-heat a frying pan. Briefly beat the eggs and milk together and add the orange zest and spices.
- Pour the mixture into a wide, flat bowl large enough to take a slice of brioche.
- Dip the brioche slices into the egg mix. Turn them gently to make sure they are well soaked through.
- Fry in the butter until golden. Turn each slice once to cook on both sides.
- Serve immediately with maple syrup and berries.
If you like this orange-spiced French toast, why not try my Christmas pudding spelt pancakes, the perfect way to use up leftover pudding when there is not quite enough to go round.
For a fresh alternative to Christmas pud, how about this Christmas pudding spiced orange pavlova?