Baked Orange French Toast with Chocolate Sauce

This recipe materialized from me not having any food in the house and a loaf of stale bread… I sometimes feel that my best recipes come when I have LESS to choose from. I had also just made a big batch of orange marmalade and was trying to figure out a way to incorporate it with something. I love orange marmalade but its one of those things that you get a hankering for at first and then lose interest after your 10th piece of toast. So I was trying to figure out how to utilize it and came up with this. Anyway, it turned out great. Its pretty adventurous with the bite from the orange rind and chocolate sauce. Next time you have a stale loaf of bread, give it a whirl and let me know what you think.

Baked Orange French Toast with Chocolate Sauce Recipe:

1 Loaf French Bread (Day Old Preferably)

4 Cups Milk

4 Eggs

¼ tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

¾ cup orange marmalade

Cut french bread into medium pieces. Place in a greased casserole pan.

Combine milk, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange marmalade. Whisk to combine. Pour over bread. Move bread around in pan to ensure each piece gets soaks in the mixture. Refrigerate for 3 hours or over night.

Bake at 350 degrees for ½ Hour.

Chocolate Sauce:

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

1 Tbs unsweetened chocolate powder

Combine water and sugar in a sauce pan. Put on medium-high heat until boiling. Reduce by half. Reduce heat and add two Tbs of unsweetened chocolate powder. whisk until smooth. Continue to simmer until reduced another half and slightly thick and syrupy. Put into a vessel of your choosing for drizzling over the french toast. Sift powdered sugar over the french toast if desired.

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