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Grand Marnier French Toast is a decadent breakfast that combines soft brioche bread with a delicious orange liqueur for the best flavor!

Not only is this a super easy recipe, but it’s one that your entire family will love. Eggs, heavy cream, cinnamon, orange zest and Grand Marnier come together to make the very best french toast.

Grand Marnier French Toast with orange zest

About this recipe:

French toast is simply bread that is soaked in a liquid mixture and then cooked on a griddle. The mixture most often contains eggs, milk, and other ingredients like vanilla or cinnamon.

I used to make French toast with milk, but have since switched to using heavy cream because it tastes a lot better and makes the overall breakfast taste much more rich.

For this French toast recipe, I didn’t add vanilla but instead used Grand Marnier and added orange zest to really increase that citrus flavor.

How to make the best French Toast:

Making French toast is about as easy as it gets. I’m generally a pancake girl, but when I really want to make a special breakfast, we have homemade French toast.

The process is simple. Just make the soak by combining the eggs, heavy cream, Grand Marnier, cinnamon and orange zest. No need to over mix this soak solution. Just mix it enough so that the egg is well incorporated.

I prefer to use a flat bottom container so that the bread gets evenly coated. I find that a square or rectangle shaped storage container works best.

The longer you soak the bread, the more it will absorb the liquid, which is what you want. Soak the bread as long as you can but be sure that it doesn’t absorb so much liquid that it falls apart. As you transfer the bread to the hot butter covered griddle, be sure to shake off as much of the liquid as you can.

Grill your French toast on both sides until it is golden brown and serve it up hot!

stack of orange flavored French Toast

What kind of bread is best for French toast?

I think Brioche makes the absolute best French toast, with challah being a close second.

Realistically, you can use any type of bread to make French toast, but the sweeter and softer the bread, the better your French toast. In a pinch, I’ve used typical sandwich bread or even an almost stale loaf of French bread. As long as you have a decadent and tasty soak solution and allow the bread to soak long enough, it will turn out good!

homemade breakfast recipe for Grand Marnier French Toast

Brioche French Toast with Grand Marnier

Prep10 minutes
Cook10 minutes
Total20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Grand Marnier French Toast is a decadent breakfast that combines soft brioche bread with a delicious orange liqueur for the best French toast!



  • 2 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 cup heavy cream can substitute with half and half or whole milk, but heavy cream recommended
  • 2 Tablespoon Grand Marnier orange liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 16 ounces brioche bread thick slices


  • Prepare griddle: Heat large griddle over medium heat. Grease surface with butter.
  • Prepare soak: In shallow flat dish, combine eggs, heavy cream, Grand Marnier, cinnamon and orange zest.
  • Soak bread: Soak both sides of each piece of bread in the liquid. Gently shake off any excess and transfer to griddle. Note: Due to the softness of the bread, do not soak until you are ready to directly transfer it to the hot griddle.
  • Cook French toast: Cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes on each side, flipping only once.
  • Serve hot with pure maple syrup or a dusting of powdered sugar.


Calories: 412kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 119mg, Sodium: 462mg, Potassium: 187mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 780IU, Vitamin C: 0.8mg, Calcium: 143mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe was delicious. I used half and half and a zest of a tangerine because that’s what I had. I also used Texas toast bread. Perfect.

  2. I bet the grand marnier and zest give so much flavor to the french toast! Can wait to try this!

  3. 5 stars
    Yum…I’m coming to your house for breakfast. I definitely need to up my breakfast game. This french toast takes breakfast to a whole new level. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    This French toast is restaurant worthy, indeed! My kids couldn’t get enough; it was delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    Oh my yum! I’ve never tried french toast with brioche before. I’ll have to give this recipe a try!

  6. 5 stars
    This looks great and super delicious! I love the cinnamon and orange zest in the recipe as those little touches make the dish that bit special. Can’t wait to try this for breakfast next weekend!!

  7. Oh, I haven’t had french toast in ages!! I generally make it with old bits of my sourdough, but that has all gone into bread pudding of late ; P
    Adding citrus flavour is a wonderful idea! My mouth waters once again.