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Martha's French Toast


"This French toast recipe is one of my favorites, and it's great for company because everyone loves it. Fresh orange zest and juice, as well as orange liqueur, add a bright, citrusy flavor to every delicious slice. I serve it with butter, sanding sugar, or some pure maple syrup." --Martha Stewart

  • Yield: Makes 12 slices

Photography: Matthew Hranek

Source: Everyday Food, May 2011


  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
  • 1 tablespoon sanding sugar, plus more for serving
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest plus 2 tablespoons juice
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for serving
  • 1 loaf brioche (20 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • Pure maple syrup, for serving


  1. In a large shallow dish, beat eggs with a fork. Beat in liqueur, sugar, large pinch of salt, and orange zest and juice. Add milk and beat until combined.

  2. In a large heavy skillet, heat 4 tablespoons oil and 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high until sizzling. Gently dip brioche, one slice at a time, into egg mixture to coat and add to skillet (do not crowd pan). In batches, cook until golden brown on both sides, 5 minutes per batch, flipping once. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined wire rack. Repeat with remaining brioche, adding remaining oil and butter as needed. (Reduce heat if brioche is browning too quickly.) Serve with butter and sugar or maple syrup.

Cook's Notes

Always zest your citrus before juicing -- it's much easier. Dip the bread just before cooking, and take care with tender brioche slices. If the pan overbrowns, wipe it out with a damp paper towel and start again with new oil and butter.

When Martha made this recipe on "Martha Bakes," she halved the ingredients.

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