Especially nice if you mix
a little orange liqueur with your syrup...
day-old French bread
oz package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 rounded tablespoon sour cream
Approx 1 1/2 cups milk
I use a tablespoon of Mexican vanilla (because I love the stuff, and
because I tell my husband when we run out of Mexican vanilla, he has to
take me on a cruise to Mexico for more!) It's probably not a whole
tablespoon, but nearly so. Blend
this vanilla into the cream cheese, powdered sugar, sour cream and
orange zest. Mix well. Cover and store in the refrigerator overnight, to
let the orange flavor blend into the cream cheese mixture.
the morning, mix eggs & milk, in a 1:1 ratio. (For two people, I use
three eggs. I measure them into a measuring cup, and then pour in that
much milk.) Whisk together with a little (you guessed it) Mexican
vanilla. Madagascar will do, but please do NOT tell my husband!
the day-old French bread into 1 & 1/2 inch thick slices. Cut a
pocket into each slice and fill generously with the cream cheese
mixture. Dunk into the eggs & milk blend, allowing your French bread
to soak it up. Grill on an oiled, preheated griddle on medium heat.
Sprinkle with a scant amount of cinnamon and nutmeg. Turn once.
powdered sugar, garnish with fresh slices of orange, and serve
immediately with warmed maple syrup.
Looks lovely garnished with a bit of the orange zest, too, if you have
some nice long pieces.
P.S. This year,
Larry took me on a cruise that included a stop in Honduras. Of
course, I found vanilla there. And Oh My! The Honduran
vanilla is a completely different taste - fabulous! I use it
exclusively in my French Toast recipes, and chocolate chip
cookies. The taste is "darker" - yes, I know that sounds
a little mystical and silly, but it's the first thing that came to mind
when I got my first whiff of the stuff. Ok, I'll try
again... It smells like it's already been spiced with cinnamon and
cloves, maybe allspice. Anyway, it's delicious and if you find
yourself in the Honduras, be sure you get some vanilla