Orange French Toast

4 large eggs
1 cup half and half
zest and juice of 1 large orange
2 T. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
8-10 thick (1”) slices Italian or French bread
2 T. butter
powdered sugar
warmed maple syrup or ORANGE MAPLE SYRUP

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, half and half, orange zest and juice, brown sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Dip the bread in egg mixture and cook in the butter in a large skillet for 3-4 minutes per side. Serve with powdered sugar and warmed maple syrup or ORANGE MAPLE SYRUP.
Orange Maple Syrup
2 T. water
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup orange juice concentrate
4 oz. (1 stick) butter
¼ cup pure maple syrup
zest of 1 orange
½ cup honey

In a medium saucepan, bring water, brown sugar and orange juice to a simmer. Add the butter, maple syrup, orange zest and honey. Cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Serve warm over pancakes, French toast or waffles. Refrigerate any left over syrup and then reheat as needed. Makes about 1 ½ cups syrup.

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