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Name: Baked Orange French Toast
Key Ingredient: french bread
Preparation: combine, bake
Cuisine: American
Source: Newspaper/Leanne Van Horn
Food Group: egg
Meals: breakfast, brunch
Courses: main
Temperature: hot
Effort: easy
Prep. Time: :15
Elapsed Time: 8:45
Occasion: Easter, Christmas
Servings: 6

8 slices French bread, cut 3/4 to 1 inch thick
6 eggs
Grated zest of 1 large orange
2/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
1 cup half-and-half
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 tablespoons butter (optional)
Powdered sugar for dusting

Butter a 9-inch square pan. Lay bread slices evenly in pan. Combine eggs, orange juice, liqueur, half-and-half and sugar; pour over bread. Dot with butter cut in small pieces, if desired. Refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, preheat oven to 350F. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until puffed and set. Dust with powdered sugar.
If desired, serve with a topping of butter and orange marmalade melted together in the microwave. Or serve with maple syrup.

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