Baked cinnamon / orange French toast, Recipe, Casa Escondida B&B

The guests at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast love our “Baked Cinnamon / Orange French Toast”! Casa Escondida is a Santa Fe area B&B, which is located in historic Chimayo, NM (just 35 minutes north of Santa Fe). At Casa Escondida B&B, our guests enjoy a delightful variety of hearty breakfast entrees, which are served each morning in our sunny breakfast room. The baked cinnamon / orange French toast is just one of the many tasty breakfast dishes that we serve AND we are happy to share the recipe with you! This dish is best if prepared the evening before you plan on serving.
Ingredients (serves 10):
1 loaf of French bread – cut into 1 inch cubes (or smaller). Set aside.
9 eggs – beaten
1 32 oz. yogurt – We use plain / fat free yogurt but you could use other flavor varieties such as vanilla.
2 T of maple syrup
¼ C sugar
1 t salt
¾ t cinnamon
1 T poppy seeds
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 t orange extract
½ cup raisins
Combine all of the ingredients until incorporated and then fold in the cubed French bread.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
The next morning:
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Remove the French toast mixture from the refrigerator and stir.
Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray. (We use individual baking dishes but you could use a large baking dish and then simply cut the finished French toast into individual servings and plate).
Fill the baking dish so that the French toast mixture is about 1 – 1 ½ inches deep and then smooth the top.
Bake for 30 – 40 minutes (until slightly puffed and golden brown).
Garnish with a twist of fresh sliced orange and dust with powdered sugar.
Serve with butter and warm maple syrup and ENJOY!
Note: Consider other flavor varieties such as apple / cinnamon or cranberry / orange.
If you don’t need this large of a portion, make the entire recipe and then freeze the unbaked portion for another breakfast.
So when you wonder what’s cooking at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast, it could be the baked cinnamon / orange French toast! Delectable food is a great way to experience this New Mexico vacation spot. Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast is a delightful New Mexico retreat, which has rooms available year-round. We are perfect for a romantic New Mexico getaway too. Contact Casa Escondida B&B to check room availability or to inquire about a reservation. Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast is a green bed & breakfast, which provides Santa Fe area pet-friendly lodging in 4 of our 8 guest rooms. Enjoy your New Mexico travels, Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast and our baked cinnamon French toast! We look forward to having you as our guest! Bon Appetit!