Grand Marnier French Toast is a decadent breakfast that combines soft brioche bread with a delicious orange liqueur for the best french toast!
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.
What is French Toast?
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 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!
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!
Grand Marnier French Toast
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 eggs slightly beaten
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tbsp Grand Marnier orange liqueur
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 16 ounces bread brioche recommended
- Heat large griddle over medium heat. Grease surface with butter.
- In shallow flat dish, combine eggs, heavy cream, Grand Marnier, cinnamon and orange zest.
- Soak each piece of bread in the liquid for at least 30 seconds each side. Shake off any excess and transfer to griddle. 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.
This post was originally created for Centless Meals where I was a contributor.