Seville Orange French Toast

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Seville Orange French Toast

With Maple Whipped Cream

I love love love love love French toast.  Love it.  But there are two things about French toast that I don’t really understand.  First, I don’t get why it’s got a reputation for being difficult.  I mean, it’s literally better if you have day-old bread, and beyond that it’s simply a matter of mixing basic kitchen staples and throwing the whole shebang in a frying pan.  Second, I really don’t get why French toast is so often drowned in ridiculously-over-the-top sweetness.  A little sweet kick really makes the whole thing come alive, but it seems like all too often, French toast is just drowning in some form of sugar.  In fact, over-sweetened brunch carbohydrates are an annoying trend that I’d like to see quashed right now.  After all, it’s a merger between breakfast and lunch, not breakfast and dessert.

Seville (or bitter) orange is an intense flavor – orangey yes, but sour, bitter and aromatic all at once.  The maple whipped cream is just sweet and rich enough to round the whole thing out without overpowering.  In my opinion you need to make these both together, but if you’re in the mood for the French toast but not the whipped cream (for some strange reason), you could simply top it off with good ol’ maple syrup.  The real stuff – not the fake stuff.  Never the fake stuff.

Recipe Notes

As mentioned above, this is best with a nice, dense, day-old bread. If you have leftover French bread, challah, or something similiar, then this recipe will work best. If you can, avoid standard grocery-store loaf bread for this recipe – its softness and the fact that it soaks up a lot of egg mixture makes it overly dense and mushy.

If you can’t find Seville oranges, you can use any orange citrus, including sweet oranges, tangerines, etc. That being said, if you do go with a sweet orange, I would recommend using a little lemon juice in order to round out the sweetness and bring more depth to the dish.


Nutrition Facts
Seville Orange French Toast with Maple Whipped Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 257mg 86%
Sodium 858mg 36%
Potassium 278mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 51g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 11g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 14%
Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 18%
Iron 16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional Summary

GOOD NEWS:
Amazingly low in calories and fat, especially for something that basically amounts to bread topped with cream.  Proof that moderation and flavourful cooking can, in fact, trump drowning your food with fat, sugar, and salt.

BAD NEWS:
This is a somewhat vitamin-poor dish.  Have some fruit with it.

While this dish isn’t terribly high in sodium, it is easy to see how a very small amount of salt (the salt in the bread plus a measly 1/2 tsp) can really add up.

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Instructions
Seville Orange French Toast
  1. Slice the bread on an angle into rounds approximately 1 cm (~1/2 inch) thick.
  2. Combine eggs, milk, orange juice and zest, sugar, and salt. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Soak each piece of bread in the egg/milk mixture for about 20-30 seconds per side (less if your bread is very fresh or very soft). Remove the bread from the mixture, brushing off the excess, and set aside.
  4. Heat a large cast iron skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add the pieces of bread and cook until golden brown (about 2 minutes). Flip and cook the other side.
Maple Whipped Cream
  1. (Note - the whipped cream can be made several hours ahead of time) Chill a medium sized non-reactive bowl and a whisk (or whisk attachment for a hand mixer) for several hours or overnight. You can skip this step if necessary, but it does help make whipping the cream easier.
  2. Combine cream, maple syrup, and vanilla in the bowl. Whisk until the cream reaches relatively stiff peaks.
Recipe Notes

Serve the French toast warm with the whipped cream, and (if desired) top with a bit of orange zest.

If you can, avoid standard grocery-store loaf bread for this recipe - its softness and the fact that it soaks up a lot of egg mixture makes it overly dense and mushy.  Day-old French bread, ciabatta, or a good challah bread make a much lighter and airier toast while still taking on enough of the egg mixture to impart a good flavour.

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