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Mother's Day French Toast

  • servings: 8


  • 5 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 orange
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 loaf brioche
  • 1/2 cup canola oil, for frying
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, for frying
  • Confectioners' sugar, for serving
  • Maple syrup, for serving


  1. Step 1

    In a baking dish, combine eggs, milk, Grand Marnier, orange and lemon zest, orange juice, sugar, and salt. Beat with a fork until well combined.

  2. Step 2

    Using a serrated knife, slice the brioche 1/4-inch-thick. Dip the brioche slices into egg mixture and moisten thoroughly, being careful not to oversoak the bread.

  3. Step 3

    Line a baking sheet with paper towels and set aside. Heat 1/4 cup oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Repeat in a second skillet. Transfer soaked bread to skillets and cook until deep golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and serve hot with maple syrup.

Martha Stewart Living Television, May 2000