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Abt-Solutely Delicious: Christmas Morning Orange Cranberry French Toast Bake

During the holidays come countless parties and family gatherings, and with them, tons of food. With all the hustle and bustle of prepping for and attending parties, it can be hard to find the free time to make something nice for just you and your family. Well, we’re here to solve that with this scrumptious Christmas morning treat that takes seconds to whip up and is bound to be loved! This cranberry-orange French toast bake is simple, quick, and has amazing flavor. This bake is definitely a kid-pleaser, and the final product looks like it came out of a magazine.

First, spray your baking dish with cooking spray and arrange your sliced bread to fit evenly inside it. Depending on the bread you are using, this might take some re-arranging. If slices aren’t working with your baking dish, you can always cut your bread into medium-sized cubes.

Next, whisk together eggs, milk, orange juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, and orange zest. Depending on how much you enjoy orange flavor, you can add more or less of the orange zest to your preference. We added extra because we enjoy a little extra zest!

Once your egg and milk mixture is combined, pour it over the bread slices in the baking dish. Try to evenly coat the pieces of bread while pouring—if they aren’t evenly coated, don’t worry too much. Some pieces will just turn out a little bit more crispy than others.

Next is the hard part: waiting. Cover your baking dish with plastic wrap and put it in your refrigerator to sit overnight. If you’re hoping to make this recipe all in one day, just sure you let it sit in the fridge for at least 10-15 minutes, in order for the bread to be soaked thoroughly.

Once you’re ready to eat your delicious treat, take your baking dish out of the refrigerator. Spoon your cranberry sauce ( I used canned whole berries) over the bread, and top with fresh cranberries. Bake for about 30 minutes with foil on top, then remove the foil and back for an additional 20 minutes, until golden brown. Top with powered sugar and enjoy! 

AuthorEmily G.

Yields15 Servings

 1 french loaf, cut into slices or cubes
 6 eggs
 2 cups milk
 ½ cup orange juice
 ½ cup brown sugar
 ½ tsp vanilla
 1 tsp cinnamon
 ½ tsp orange zest
 1 cup cranberry sauce
 ½ cup fresh cranberries
 powdered sugar for sprinkling

1

Spray a 9"x13" casserole dish with cooking spray and arrange bread in an even layer in the dish.

2

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, orange juice, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and orange zest. Pour mixture evenly over the bread.

3

Cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. If you forgot to make it the night before, let it sit for at least ten minutes before baking.

4

When ready to bake, spoon cranberry sauce over the top and sprinkle whole cranberries on top of the sauce.

5

Pre-heat oven to 350° F. Bake, covered with foil for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for another 20-30 minutes, until golden brown.

6

Let cool slightly, dust top with powder sugar and serve. Enjoy!

Ingredients

 1 french loaf, cut into slices or cubes
 6 eggs
 2 cups milk
 ½ cup orange juice
 ½ cup brown sugar
 ½ tsp vanilla
 1 tsp cinnamon
 ½ tsp orange zest
 1 cup cranberry sauce
 ½ cup fresh cranberries
 powdered sugar for sprinkling

Directions

1

Spray a 9"x13" casserole dish with cooking spray and arrange bread in an even layer in the dish.

2

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, orange juice, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and orange zest. Pour mixture evenly over the bread.

3

Cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. If you forgot to make it the night before, let it sit for at least ten minutes before baking.

4

When ready to bake, spoon cranberry sauce over the top and sprinkle whole cranberries on top of the sauce.

5

Pre-heat oven to 350° F. Bake, covered with foil for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for another 20-30 minutes, until golden brown.

6

Let cool slightly, dust top with powder sugar and serve. Enjoy!

Christmas Morning Cranberry Orange French Toast Bake
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Comments

  • Reply
    Chris K.
    December 26, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you Emily. This is something that I am going to try – whenever the time is right lol. I appreciate you posting this. I plan to use the whole berries as well. Cheers and happy holidays from Florida.

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