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Grand Marnier French Toast - a double dose of orange added to this classic breakfast dish

Grand Marnier French Toast

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This Grand Marnier French Toast is an easy, elegant breakfast or brunch treat! With the addition of a top notch orange liqueur and orange zest, an ordinary breakfast dish was kicked up a few notches!

I don’t get all that excited about pancakes or waffles,  but I truly love French toast. Memories of Sunday breakfasts come pouring back with every bite. Simply made, my mom’s recipe was just eggs, milk and a pinch of nutmeg. The bread wasn’t anything fancy, either, just plain ol’ sandwich bread.

Grand Marnier French Toast stacked on a decorative plate with fresh berries

Grand Marnier French Toast

But to up the game, with Mother’s Day right around the corner, I gave an orange twist to this classic breakfast dish by adding some freshly grated zest and a slosh of Grand Marnier.  That’s a double dose of orange for the ultimate morning treat.

The custard is rich and eggy, especially if you splurge and use half and half. I love it with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and berries, but this Grand Marnier French toast is also scrumptious with some warm real maple syrup.

Grand Marnier French Toast on a square white plate with a stream of syrup pooling onto the surface

Pain Perdu

Pan perdu is the French term for lost bread, which refers to the best bread to use for your French toast. Fresh bread will fall apart when dipped in the egg mixture so stale or sturdy breads work best. I tend to grab a loaf of challah or brioche, but even a day old baguette will work!

Adding a French orange liqueur was only a natural way to go with this classic breakfast dish that has a history back to King Henry V.  Pain perdu has stood the test of time, and I’m certain this Grand Marnier French toast will, too.

A stack of Grand Marnier French Toast on a white, decorative plate


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Grand Marnier French Toast - a double dose of orange added to this classic breakfast dish

Grand Marnier French Toast

A delicious, double dose of orange added to this classic breakfast dish

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 2


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk or half and half
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (I used Dixie Crystals)
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier, optional if you prefer no alcohol*
  • 4 slices sturdy, slightly stale bread, I used Brioche
  • 1 tablespoon butter


In a shallow bowl Pyrex pie plate, whisk together eggs and milk. Add the salt, vanilla, zest, sugar and Grand Marnier, if using.

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Dip the bread in the egg and milk mixture briefly, then flip to repeat on the other side. Place in the skillet and cook over until lightly browned, then flip and cook the other side. Repeat until all slices are cooked.

Serve with butter, maple syrup, powdered sugar and/or berries.


*The small amount of Grand Marnier will evaporate during the cooking time, but you may want to omit if serving to children or others who should be avoiding alcoholic beverages.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 slices

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 384Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 262mgSodium: 444mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 13g


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23 comments on “Grand Marnier French Toast”

  1. They look amazing! Totally irresistible, Liz.

  2. What a gorgeous colors and surely the flavors are magnificent! Can’t wait to have some on my plate!

  3. Gosh, it’s been ages since I had French Toast! My mum used to make these for me when I was a child. I think your version with a slosh of liquer would be amazing!

  4. WOW, I can’t wait to make these this weekend!!

  5. I love French Toast! It’s what I always order when i go out for breakfast or brunch. And your mom made it just like mine! The addition of the orange zest and my favorite liqueur sounds absolutely perfect. Now I wonder who I can get to make this for me for Mother’s Day?

  6. My tastebuds want this Liz! Using Grand Marnier and orange zest is perfect for stepping it up a notch! YUM!

  7. Beautiful French toast Liz! love the Grand Marnier and orange kick!

  8. Great looking French toast and I love the touch of orange. I used to love French toast when I was growing up. It was a weekend treat. We used to top it with icing sugar and maple syrup. I can’t for the life of me understand how we enjoyed it so sweet!

  9. Yum, this sounds wonderful for any time of day. I love the double orange combined with maple syryp, double yum!

  10. This looks so wonderful, Liz. The ultimate comfort food.

  11. What a beautiful breakfast treat this will make, delicious. 

  12. This would be a perfect breakfast..

  13. Love everything about this post, Liz. Appreciate the history of pain perdu =) And love the dash of Grand Marnier. Ps. Perhaps it’s a glitch  on my MAC but there seems to be some code in the instructions.

  14. Grand Marnier in French toast? Oh my! Now that’s the way to wake up in the morning.

  15. Now that’s a high-class French Toast, dear! Come join our Mother’s Day Int’l Giveaway: Sandwich Mold, Sushi Maker and More! xoxo

  16. this recipe is so good and it is finger licking delicious

  17. Oh yes!! Set an extra spot for me please.

  18. French Toast is always on stand by at our house. We love it and now I have so many versions to try!

  19. wow this recipe is so delicious thank you for sharing it

  20. This is definitely a trigger food for me and it will be one of the best treats ever!

  21. Instead of making a gingerbread house this year, make something you’ll actually want to eat.

  22. I lightened this up slightly by using egg whites, cashew milk which is nice & creamy, and Splenda instead of the sugar. It was delicious! Great recipe with the creamy vanilla & orange flavors!

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