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Chestnut Hill's Sunrise Grand Mariner French Toast

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Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup half & half or light cream
  • 4 large organic free range eggs
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons fine granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8 3/4-inch-thick slices of French bread
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  •   Confectioner's sugar for garnish (optional)
  •   Pure Virginia maple syrup

Directions

Whisk first 6 ingredients together in a medium bowl. Soak each bread slice in the egg mixture and arrange in 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Pour remaining egg mixture evenly over bread. Allow to stand until egg mixture is absorbed (at least 20 minutes.) (May be prepared 1 day ahead.) Cover and refrigerate.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add 4 bread slices to skillet and sauté until cooked through and golden brown, approximately 3 minutes on each side. Repeat cooking with remaining 2 tablespoons butter and 4 bread slices.

Sift powdered sugar over each slice. Serve with maple syrup and garnish with a twisted orange slice