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Orange Zest French Toast Bread Pudding

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French Toast Bread Pudding on AnAppealingPlan.com by @KraylFunch perfect for Christmas Eve or New Years Day breakfast with topping

During the week I am a breakfast smoothie girl, but on the weekends, especially special days like Christmas and New Years Day I love a breakfast you can linger over. We frequently have savory waffles or poached eggs however I was looking to switch it up this Christmas day and have something semi made ahead that I can pop in the oven while we are opening gifts and then enjoy throughout the day.

French Toast Bread Pudding on AnAppealingPlan.com by @KraylFunch perfect for Christmas Eve or New Years Day breakfast in pan uncooked

French Toast Bread Pudding on AnAppealingPlan.com by @KraylFunch perfect for Christmas Eve or New Years Day breakfast with eggs

I started looking at French Toast recipes but they always seem to leave me feeling like a weeble for the rest of the day. I wanted to include eggs in a bigger way as well so after a few tries, I landed on Ina’s French Toast Bread Pudding. Ina hasn’t steered me wrong yet so I thought I will add a few of my own twists and give it a try to see if it was a crowd pleaser.

French Toast Bread Pudding on AnAppealingPlan.com by @KraylFunch perfect for Christmas Eve or New Years Day breakfast cooked

I am always trying to buy the best ingredients and my latest obsession in the kitchen, until I am able to have my own chickens, is ensuring my eggs are the best quality I can find. If you haven’t heard of The Happy Egg Company, now you have. They are available in most geographic areas and as the name implies, they come from happy chickens! Their chickens are free range and I dream of them strolling around their fields care free taking dust baths and sipping on tea under the shade of a large tree. If a girl can dream so can a chicken, right?

This recipe calls for 8 eggs so I know the quality of the egg will definitely have an impact on the outcome as well as the overall flavor. 

French Toast Bread Pudding on AnAppealingPlan.com by @KraylFunch perfect for Christmas Eve or New Years Day breakfast powder sugar

French Toast Bread Pudding on AnAppealingPlan.com by @KraylFunch perfect for Christmas Eve or New Years Day breakfast plated

For my twists on the recipe I wanted to add additional orange flavor, I reached into my cabinet to find Cointreau – an orange flavored liquor. Perfect! I also whipped up a quick Cointreau glaze for a finishing touch. Feel free to leave this out of your recipe however, I would add a touch more orange zest to really bring out that lovely flavor. I might also, cut up the bottom layer of the bread into chunks to absorb more of the custard into the bread – but I will let you know how that goes next time I whip it up.

This is a fairly rich dish and I suggest serving it with a savory or salty side or protein to balance it out. Did someone say bacon….?

French Toast Bread Pudding on AnAppealingPlan.com by @KraylFunch perfect for Christmas Eve or New Years Day breakfast plated with sauce

Orange Zest French Toast Bread Pudding

Orange Zest French Toast Bread Pudding
Yields 8
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Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 challah loaf, sliced 3/4 inch thick
  2. 8 extra-large eggs
  3. 2 cups half-and-half
  4. 3 cups whole milk
  5. 3 tablespoons honey
  6. 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  7. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  8. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  9. 1/4 cup Cointreau
  10. Confectioners' sugar
  11. For Glaze
  12. 1 cup confectioners sugar
  13. 3 tablespoons Cointreau, more as needed
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Arrange the bread in two layers in a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking dish, cutting the bread to fit the dish. Set aside.{note - I would try cutting up the bottom layer into smaller pieces for a better final texture.}
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the Happy Eggs, milk, half-and-half, honey, orange zest, vanilla, and salt. Pour the mixture over the bread and press the bread down. Allow to soak for 10 minutes.
  4. Place the baking dish in a larger roasting pan and add enough very hot tap water to the roasting pan to come an inch up the side of the baking dish. Cover the entire roasting pan tightly with aluminum foil, tenting it so the foil doesn't touch the pudding. With a knife make two slits in the foil to allow steam to escape.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes, remove the aluminum foil, and bake for another 40 to 45 minutes, until the pudding puffs up and the custard is set. Remove from the oven and cool for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Lightly dust with confectioners' sugar an serve with orange glaze.
For the orange glaze :
  1. In a small bowl combine 1 cup confectioners sugar and 3 tablespoons of Cointreau. Stir until smooth. Add addittional liquid as needed so the glaze can be drizzled on top of the pudding.
Notes
  1. You may use either whole milk or half-and-half for your recipe. I split it up for a few calorie savings but either one will be tasty.
Adapted from Ina Garten
Adapted from Ina Garten
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3 Responses to Orange Zest French Toast Bread Pudding

  1. Nikki January 10, 2017 at 6:20 PM #

    This looks delicious! Putting this one on my breakfast to do list!

  2. Haley December 19, 2015 at 10:34 AM #

    This looks heavenly. I may have to recreate this over the weekend. It may even be my dinner tonight.
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    • Krayl Funch December 29, 2015 at 5:56 AM #

      Breakfast lunch or dinner, you can’t go wrong Haley!

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