- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 tsp orange zest (from about 2 oranges)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 cups unsweetened soy milk
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 3 tbsp Grand Marnier , divided
- 8 (1½-inch) slices of crusty bread , such as sourdough or country-style boule
- All-purpose flour , for dusting
- Unsalted vegan butter , for cooking
- Dark chocolate shavings , for serving
Grand Marnier French Toast
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Growing up, most weekends, my mom would make two breakfasts that my brothers and I absolutely adored: buttery, supple French crepes and cinnamon-y French toast. Ever since those days, these two dishes hold a very special place in my heart.
What is great about this specific French Toast recipe, apart from the flavors of course, is that most of the prep happened the day before serving. The thick slices of bread are dipped into the soaking liquid and set in the refrigerator to develop flavor overnight. This time in the refrigerator also allows for the bread to really soften, which results in an almost custardy French toast interior—my personal favorite kind of French toast.
When choosing your bread, opt for the crusty, chewy-interior kind, such a sourdough or a country-style boule, as opposed to anything too light and airy like challah or brioche.
Although the ingredient list for this recipe is rather short, every element plays a crucial role in helping bring this recipe to life. Since this is vegan, cornstarch is used in place of eggs to help thicken the milk mixture a little when cooking. The nutritional yeast lends a little bit of a savory flavor, similar to what eggs would give in a traditional French toast recipe. The milk I chose to use is unsweetened soy milk and although all other nondairy milks, except canned coconut, would work great in this recipe—just make sure you are using the unsweetened kind. Finally, what gives this dish its festive twist are the Grand Marnier, orange zest, and the finishing touch—dark chocolate shavings.