Recipe: Perfect Grand Marnier French Toast

Oct 11, 2014 by     No Comments    Posted under: Breakfast Recipes, Caribbean, Recipes
Grand Marnier French Toast Platter

Grand Marnier French Toast Platter

This sinfully delicious Grand Marnier French Toast was inspired by the version I experienced at Tasty’s Restaurant on Anguilla.  Tasty’s version had Caribbean flavors of rum, but few notes of orange.  Even still, it was the most flavorful French Toast I had had up to that point.  But as good as Tasty’s incredible French Toast was, I knew it could be better.  So I left the island of Anguilla on a quest to find French Toast perfection.

Since being back home, I have compared the detailed notes I took while eating Tasty’s version to many different French Toast recipes, some which contained Grand Marnier, others which did not.  Those recipes too were lacking what I knew this sophisticated breakfast dish could be.  I knew that perfection would mean maintaining the delightful Caribbean rum flavor of Tasty’s version, while elevating the orange flavor to a point of presence that wasn’t overbearing.  So through much thought and experimentation, I have developed the most perfect Grand Marnier French Toast recipe you will ever find.  The secret is in the fresh orange zest, ground Caribbean allspice, and over-sized Texas Toast bread.

Ingredients For Caribbean Inspired Grand Marnier French Toast

Grand Marnier French Toast Ingredients

Grand Marnier French Toast Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier
  • 1 Teaspoon sugar
  • Zest of 1/4 a large orange
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 slices Texas toast
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Real maple syrup for serving

How to Make the Best French Toast Ever

Start by cracking the eggs into a small shallow dish, which is wide enough to lay the Texas toast in.  Whisk the eggs with the Grand Marnier and the half and half until incorporated and smooth.  Add the sugar, orange zest, and allspice, and whisk again until evenly dispersed, then set aside.  I suppose you could put everything in the bowl at once and whisk it together, but that’s not how I did it and I liked my multi-whisked frothy result.

Grand Marnier Egg Wash

Grand Marnier Egg Wash

Next, prepare your Texas toast by slicing in half diagonally.  Do this carefully with as little pressure on the bread as possible so that you don’t smash the inside thickness of the bread.  Of course, you could just say “screw all this presentation crap” and just keep the bread whole, but diagonal slices sure do look pretty on a plate!

Grand Marnier French Toast close up

Grand Marnier French Toast close up

Heat a cast iron griddle over medium heat, and melt butter across it just before cooking the French Toast.

Take your diagonal slices and dip one into the egg wash mixture.  Due to the thickness of the Texas toast bread, leave it in the egg mixture a few seconds longer than you would for normal bread slices.  Flip over and dip the other side.  Scrape off any excess egg wash with a fork, then place on the warm griddle.  Repeat with remaining bread slices, whisking the egg mixture again between each dipping so that the zest and spices are evenly dispersed on each slice of toast.

Griddle over medium heat until golden brown, then flip to brown the other side.

Grand Marnier French Toast on Griddle

Grand Marnier French Toast on Griddle

Just look at all that delicious orange zest!  Trust me, it’s not overbearing at all.

Flip Grand Marnier French Toast to Cook Other Side

Flip Grand Marnier French Toast to Cook Other Side

Due to the extra thickness of the Texas toast bread, you may want to turn the French Toast slices up on their end to also turn the inside edge a nice golden brown.

Cook Edges of Grand Marnier French Toast

Cook Edges of Grand Marnier French Toast

Once your toast has finished cooking, plate and serve hot with some warmed real maple syrup.  Garnish with fresh berries, orange slices, and/or powdered sugar.  Beautiful!

Serves 2

Grand Marnier French Toast

Grand Marnier French Toast

Recipe by Jothan Yeager, October 2014

 

The Bald Gourmet makes the best Grand Marnier French Toast the world has ever seen, inspired by a breakfast eaten on the Caribbean island of Anguilla.

 

Recipe: Perfect Grand Marnier French Toast
 
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This sinfully delicious Grand Marnier French Toast was inspired by the version I experienced on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. That version had Caribbean flavors of rum, but few notes of orange. Even still, it was the most flavorful French Toast I had had up to that point. But as good as it was, I knew it could be better. So I left the island of Anguilla on a quest to find French Toast perfection, which I’m happy to say, I have developed in this perfect Grand Marnier French Toast recipe. The secret is in the fresh orange zest, ground Caribbean allspice, and over-sized Texas Toast bread.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Servings: 2

Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier
  • 1 Teaspoon sugar
  • Zest of ¼ a large orange
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 slices Texas toast
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Real maple syrup for serving

Instructions
  1. Start by cracking the eggs into a small shallow dish, which is wide enough to lay the Texas toast in.
  2. Whisk the eggs with the Grand Marnier and the half and half until incorporated and smooth. Add the sugar, orange zest, and allspice, and whisk again until evenly dispersed, then set aside.
  3. Next, prepare your Texas toast by slicing in half diagonally. Do this carefully with as little pressure on the bread as possible so that you don’t smash the inside thickness of the bread.
  4. Heat a cast iron griddle over medium heat, and melt butter across it just before cooking the French Toast.
  5. Take your diagonal slices and dip one into the egg wash mixture. Due to the thickness of the Texas toast bread, leave it in the egg mixture a few seconds longer than you would for normal bread slices. Flip over and dip the other side. Scrape off any excess egg wash with a fork, then place on the warm griddle.
  6. Repeat with remaining bread slices, whisking the egg mixture again between each dipping so that the zest and spices are evenly dispersed on each slice of toast.
  7. Griddle over medium heat until golden brown, then flip to brown the other side.
  8. Due to the extra thickness of the Texas toast bread, turn the French Toast slices up on their end to also turn the inside edge a nice golden brown.
  9. Once your toast has finished cooking, plate and serve hot with some warmed real maple syrup. Garnish with fresh berries, orange slices, and/or powdered sugar. Beautiful!

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