orange pecan french toast in enamel dish


If you’re looking for the perfect make-ahead breakfast or brunch, overnight french toast is it.  It’s the ultimate crowd-pleaser but just as excellent for cozy weekend mornings.  Kids and adults equally will gobble up every scrumptious bite.  We are completely hooked on this orange pecan recipe from Adam and Ryan of Husbands That Cook and grateful they’ve shared it with us below.  We recently spoke with them on our podcast (listen here) and loved hearing all about their new cookbook, how they met, and their food blogging experience.  Listen in to hear their story and make sure to give this french toast recipe a try, it’s delicious!



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Our favorite aspect of this recipe is the abundance of orange flavor coming both from fresh grated orange zest and squeezed juice plus the addition of Grand Marnier.  When those citrus flavors are combined with crunchy roasted pecans and ever so slightly sweetened milky challah bread, it’s hard to stop eating.

This recipe is make-ahead which is fantastic for feeding a crowd or merely providing a break in the morning to shower and have a cup of coffee while it bakes in the oven.  It’s incredibly simple to prepare the night before and is absolutely decadent.  For all the details, head over to Adam and Ryan’s website Husbands That Cook.  Make sure to check out their brand new cookbook packed with delicious food you’ll want to be making on the regular.


Here are some other yummy breakfasts you may also enjoy:

Paleo German Apple Pancakes by Civilized Caveman

Lavender Lemon Scones by Blonde Gone Clean

Strawberry Date Buckwheat Muffins by LL Balanced

Banana Paleo Pancakes by Leah’s Plate



Orange Pecan Overnight French Toast
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Yield: 6-8

Orange Pecan Overnight French Toast


    French Toast:
  1. 1 loaf brioche or challah
  2. 6 large eggs
  3. 2 Tbls orange zest (~ 2 large oranges)
  4. 2/3 Cup orange juice, (fresh squeezed is best)
  5. 1/3 Cup milk (any type works)
  6. 1/4 Cup maple syrup
  7. 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 1/4 tsp salt
  9. 1/4 tsp nutmeg (fresh ground if possible)
  10. 3 Tbls Grand Marnier liqueur (see note)
    Spiced Pecan Topping:
  1. 3/4 Cup pecans (coarsely chopped)
  2. 1 Tbls unsalted butter (melted)
  3. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  4. pinch of salt
    To Serve:
  1. maple syrup
  2. fresh fruit
  3. powdered sugar


    French Toast:
  • Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan (or similarly sized baking pan)
  • Slice the bread into 1-inch-thick slices and lay the pieces in the prepared baking dish, overlapping to fit them in as evenly as possible.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the eggs, orange zest, juice, milk, syrup, vanilla, salt, nutmeg, and liqueur until combined.
  • Pour over the bread slices, coating them evenly. Cover with plastic or foil and refrigerate overnight.
    Morning Of:
  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • Place dish on middle oven rack and bake until fully cooked (~30 mins)
  • Test doneness by inserting a knife into the center of the casserole and moving it slightly to make a small hole; if you see liquid inside, it is not finished cooking.
  • While the French Toast is baking, make the Spiced Pecan Topping:
  • Toast pecans in a dry skillet over medium heat (6-8 mins)
  • Let nuts cool briefly, then pour over the butter, cinnamon, and salt, and toss to coat
    To Serve:
  • Once the french toast is done, top with the pecans and serve alongside desired toppings. Enjoy!
  • - Grand Marnier is an orange-flavored brandy liqueur. If you don’t have it, you could substitute another orange liqueur, such as triple sec, or leave it out entirely if you’d like to omit alcohol.
  • - To make this gluten-free: substitute gluten-free bread for the brioche.



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