Orange Pecan French Toast
Orange Pecan French Toast

Orange Pecan French Toast is a delightful and flavorful twist on classic French toast. It incorporates the zesty brightness of oranges and the crunch of pecans for a delicious breakfast or brunch option. Here’s how to make it:


For the French Toast:

  • 6 slices of thick bread (such as French or brioche)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Butter or cooking spray for greasing the pan

For the Orange Pecan Topping:

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)
  • Additional maple syrup for serving (optional)


  1. Prepare the Orange Pecan Topping:
  • In a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the chopped pecans and sautΓ© for 2-3 minutes, or until they become fragrant and slightly toasted.
  1. Add Orange Zest and Juice:
  • Add the zest and juice of 1 orange to the pecans in the saucepan. Stir in 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly. Remove it from heat and set aside.
  1. Prepare the French Toast Batter:
  • In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice, 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and the zest of 1 orange.
  1. Dip and Cook the Bread:
  • Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium-high heat and grease it with butter or cooking spray. Dip each slice of bread into the orange and egg mixture, ensuring both sides are well-coated, and place them on the hot griddle.
  1. Cook Until Golden Brown:
  • Cook the French toast for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside. Adjust the heat as needed to prevent burning.
  1. Serve with Orange Pecan Topping:
  • Serve the Orange Pecan French Toast hot, drizzled with the prepared orange pecan topping. You can also dust them with powdered sugar and serve with additional maple syrup if desired.
  1. Enjoy:
  • Enjoy your delicious Orange Pecan French Toast with a delightful combination of citrusy, nutty, and sweet flavors.

This breakfast dish is sure to impress your family and guests with its vibrant flavors and crunchy texture. It’s perfect for a special weekend breakfast or brunch.