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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Keep em' coming back for more

We're approaching that time of year - the holiday season.  A time when families gather, good food is served, and guests come and stay.  And stay again.  And stay longer.  And eat.  And eat more.  And keep eating after that.

Make ahead dishes, as well as keeping things somewhat simple whenever possible, are key for many people around this time.  Breakfast is a great time to do that.  You can never have too many overnight french toast recipes, in my opinion.  This one is a great addition to the others I have here in my blog...the flavors are great and again, it couldn't be simpler.

Just be careful - they may never want to leave!

Orange Walnut French Toast
adapted from cooks. com

8 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/3 cups orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 loaf challah bread, cut into thick slices

Beat eggs, then add in milk, nutmeg, sugar, juice and vanilla.  Place bread in 9x13 baking pan in two layers.  Pour mixture over bread, cover and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Carefully pour excess egg mixture out of pan (remove bread if you have to, then put it back in).  Pour butter over and around bread.  Sprinkle with nuts.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.  Serve with syrup and butter.

Linked to: Sweet Tooth Friday

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At November 8, 2011 at 7:55 AM , Anonymous Tara said...

I have a silly question. Can you ever refrigerate something like this too long? For instance, can you make it the morning/afternoon before and will it still be good the next day? I'd love to make something like this for Christmas morning, but Christmas Eve is just too hectic for me to do it then.

At November 8, 2011 at 8:05 AM , Blogger Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

Tara, I think you'd be fine assembling it in the late afternoon. It would probably be too soggy if you did it in the morning, so the later, the better. Honestly, it takes about 10 minutes to do, so try to squeeze it in at night if you can for best results!

At November 8, 2011 at 8:51 AM , Anonymous Tara said...

Ahhh, the soggy factor! I totally forgot about that! Thanks for the info!

At November 8, 2011 at 11:26 AM , Blogger Aarthi said...

yummy yummy..Delicious..

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At November 8, 2011 at 12:14 PM , Anonymous Jenna said...

Hi Melissa! Congrats on being the featured member on Tasty Kitchen. Your recipes all look fantastic, and this one is no exception!! I need to get more make-ahead recipes under my belt--you're totally right about needing them during the holidays. Yup.

At November 8, 2011 at 4:42 PM , Blogger Christine knapkins_com said...

Hi Melissa, Your French Toast recipe has been selected by Knapkins to be featured in a Recipe Guessing Game. Please share the following link with your friends and fans. To play, go here: http://knapkins.com/guess_games/396?source=blog Congrats again!! :)

At November 9, 2011 at 12:26 AM , Blogger Mary said...

Oh YUM! This sounds great, Melissa.

At November 9, 2011 at 12:49 PM , Blogger Kitchen Riffs said...

I've never done an overnight French Toast. Great idea, great recipe, great post. Thanks.


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