Just coming back from a wonderful vacation made me want to try my hand at a breakfast with a citrus twist.
We had some terrific breakfast in Hawaii that you can read about here. One thing MGG had that I just drooled over was french toast. I love me some good french toast. Even if you eat it in Hawaii there is something about the atmosphere that makes you feel outdoorsy, healthier and fit. So I tell myself that if you eat this over there that you are not really being that bad.....you can work it off with a nice swim, kayaking, paddle boarding or snorkeling. (Ha! Good justification right?)
One thing that scream tropics is all the fresh fruits. So I wanted to bring that into the dish with the orange extract and the zest. You can get the orange extract here. this is a great items to have on hand for cake batters, muffins, etc. Almost anything you would use vanilla for you can substitute this flavor....it's yummy. To go along I wanted to bring a little warmth so I thought cinnamon was typical, so let's mix it up a little and use some fresh grated nutmeg. Oh so good!
The rest is simple, and just like basic french toast. I used a loaf of day old french bread, which had perfect texture to soak up the custard. This dish was just perfect, and exactly what I was looking for. An ode to our favorite breakfast restaurant in Hawaii! Aloha!
Orange Nutmeg French Toast
½ cup fat-free milk
½ teaspoon orange extract
½ teaspoon orange zest
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
8 slices French bread
Powdered sugar, or maple syrup
In a shallow bowl, combine eggs, milk, orange extract, zest, and nutmeg. Whisk until well blended. Set aside.
Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
Dip bread slices into egg mixture, coating both sides of the bread. Place in hot skillet. Cook on first side until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook the other side another 3 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle with warm syrup.