French Toast with Caramelized Cinnamon Orange Sugar {quick & easy!}

I am so thankful for oranges and other citrus during the winter months, when our local fresh fruit supply is nonexistent here in the Midwest. It's bright and cheery, and offers incredible flavor and color on our plates when the snow is falling cold and white outside. In both sweet (Orange and Dark Chocolate Scones with Orange Glaze) and savory (Roasted Cauliflower with Golden Raisins, Pine Nuts & Orange) dishes, my family has been enjoying the beauty of citrus this season. I've been known to stir the fragrant juice and zest of an orange into our pancake and French toast batters in the past, and those breakfasts have always gone over big in our family. So this past weekend the concept was given a little different twist. I added orange zest to a cinnamon and sugar mixture, topped slices of French toast with it, and then cooked it until that citrusy sugar was all golden and caramelized and completely irresistible. Drizzled with a simple orange marmalade syrup, all warm and sticky, this French Toast with Caramelized Cinnamon Sugar proved to be another delicious hit. And it was so quick and easy to make!

With the new French Toast Batter from Crystal Farms (a company based right here in the Midwest), I had a hot and delicious breakfast sitting in front of my family in record time. The batter is made with eggs, vanilla, and milk, and comes in a handy carton with a spout. It's so quick and easy to use that I actually found myself making orange French toast for the kids on a hectic Monday morning, before heading into work and sending the kids off to school. I had saved the leftover cinnamon orange sugar and marmalade syrup from our weekend meal, and it helped to make Monday morning so much easier to step into with a smile.

Crystal Farms has also debuted two other new egg products. Simply Eggs can stand in for shell eggs in any baking or cooking recipe. And Scrambled Eggs has buttermilk added to it, providing beautifully fluffy eggs every time. My husband and I are very much an eggs-for-breakfast-or-any-meal-of-the-day kind of couple, and we both found these products to be tasty and incredibly easy to use. It took only a few minutes to prepare a quick protein-rich weekday breakfast. And with a little more leisure-time over the weekend, we indulged in some freshly chopped veggies, herbs and a sprinkling of cheese with our hot skillet of eggs. After making it through another week, an extra special weekend breakfast is always the perfect reward.


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And now here's that quick and easy recipe for French Toast with Caramelized Cinnamon Orange Sugar.


Ingredients for the cinnamon orange sugar:
1/3 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
zest from 1 large orange

Ingredients for the orange marmalade syrup (optional):
1 c. maple syrup
1/4 c. orange marmalade

Ingredients for the French toast:
Crystal Farms French Toast Batter, your favorite bread, sliced (French bread or challah make this extra special!) and butter for the heated pan or griddle.

Please note: This is not an exact recipe. Just make as little or as much as you want each time. The cinnamon orange sugar and the orange marmalade syrup keep well in the refrigerator, for future quick and easy meals. Prepare cinnamon orange sugar by stirring together all ingredients. Set aside. Prepare orange marmalade syrup by combining maple syrup and orange marmalade in a small bowl or pitcher. Warm just a bit in the microwave. Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Melt a bit of butter in the pan. Pour desired amount of French Toast Batter in a shallow bowl and dip first bread slice in it. Turn bread over in the batter and, while bread is still dipped in the batter, place up to 2 teaspoons of cinnamon orange sugar on the top side of the bread. Spread to evenly coat that side of the bread. Then place the bread on the buttered pan, with the cinnamon-orange-sugar-side down first. After the sugar has caramelized and turned golden, about 2 minutes or so, flip the bread and cook until done, another couple of minutes. Repeat process with remaining bread slices.

Serve with warm orange marmalade syrup, maple syrup or fresh fruit.

Source: From a farmgirl's dabbles.