Thursday, January 21, 2010

oranges galore

with a plethora of oranges, i searched for a recipe that incorporates this juicy citrus fruit. i was planning on making breakfast for my friend, kevin, i wondered, could there be something like orange french toast?

so i typed in "orange french toast" into google, and google found all kinds of recipes. the one that appealed to me was orange stuffed french toast. ooh.. that sounded good. i've had stuffed french toast at a few breakfast places, and i've never been disappointed.

here's the recipe. i like this one b/c it doesn't call for a lot of ingredients.

Orange Marmalade Stuffed French Toast

8 ounces cream cheese
½ cup orange marmalade

½ cup of crushed pecans (or any other kind of nut)
5 eggs
1 cup orange juice
Powdered sugar to taste

Using an electric mixer, mix cream cheese, marmalade, and pecans together, but be sure to keep large chunks of cream cheese. Even though it's called French toast, buy good Italian bread. Cut bread into 1 inch slices, and then cut them in half but leave the end so it opens like a mouth. Spread the cream cheese/orange marmalade mixture between two slices of bread.

Crack 5 eggs in a bowl and add 1 cup of orange juice, beat until mixed together. Use a non-stick griddle, add butter to griddle and heat up. Dip French Toast in orange juice and egg mixture, and then place on griddle.

Cook French toast on all sides, until a nice brown color. Make sure to cook all sides and let it get hot inside.

Remove from griddle onto a plate. Dust with powdered sugar and garnish with raspberries or any other fruit.

i made a few adjustments to the recipe. i added the pecans. also i found the cream cheese mixture too sweet. so i suggest cutting the marmalade to 1/2 cup. i used fresh squeezed orange juice from my oranges from the backyard.

the picture may not be the best, but i think for my first time at stuffed french toast it turned out pretty well. i cooked up some breakfast sausages which complimented the french toast. also i plated it with some orange slices. my friend, kevin, seemed to enjoy the meal very much.

what else can i do with my oranges?

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