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Murielle Banackissa

Grand Marnier French Toast

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8 hours 35 mins Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins Resting Time: 8 hours

This vegan French toast with Grand Marnier and chocolate is a grown up and elevated variation of a childhood classic. Marrying the liqueur’s floral orange aroma with the slightly bitter flavor of chocolate, this French toast recipe is a great dish to make when you want to treat yourself or loved ones to an upscale brunch or holiday breakfast.


  • 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


  1. Step 1

    In a large bowl, using a whisk, mix together the cornstarch, nutritional yeast, orange zest, and ground cinnamon.

  2. Step 2

    Whisk in the soy milk, ¼ cup of the maple syrup, and 2½ tablespoons of the Grand Marnier. One at a time, drop the slices of bread into the liquid mixture and let sit in the mixture for 10 seconds to soak it up slightly, then transfer to a baking dish (large enough to fit all the slices of bread in a single layer is preferable, but you can also stack them on top of eachother.

  3. Step 3

    Pour any of the remaining liquid onto the soaked slices of bread and cover with foil. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours and up to 24.

  4. Step 4

    When you’re ready to cook, heat the oven to 200ºF and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

  5. Step 5

    Lay out the bread in a single layer (if not already) and lightly dust some flour on the face-up sides of the slices (I used about ¼ teaspoon of flour per slice.) Melt about ½ teaspoon of vegan butter into a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place 2 slices of soaked bread onto the pan, floured side-down, and cook until golden-brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.

  6. Step 6

    Lightly dust more flour onto the now-face-up sides of the bread. If you find that the pan is getting so hot that the bread starts to scorch, drop the heat to medium-low. Flip the bread and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, then place on the parchment-lined sheet pan, then transfer to the oven to keep warm.

  7. Step 7

    Repeat with the remaining slices of bread, placing cooked pieces on the same sheet pan and returning to the oven as they are ready.

  8. Step 8

    Before serving, prepare the Grand Marnier syrup. Mix together the remaining ¼ cup of maple syrup and ½ tablespoon of Grand Marnier. (The syrup can easily be doubled if desired.)

  9. Step 9

    Serve the French toast warm, garnished with Grand Marnier syrup and dark chocolate shavings.

Common Questions & Swaps

  • Swap the soy milk with any non dairy milk of choice from a carton (oat, cashew, almond...). 
  • Feel free to use a gluten-free loaf. 
Grand Marnier French Toast in a plate
Grand Marnier French Toast in a plate with maple syrup and chocolate shavings.
Grand Marnier French Toast in a plate with maple syrup and chocolate shavings.

This recipe was created through a partnership with Food52.


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.

Grand Marnier French Toast on a plate.

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.

I think a brunch is such a wonderful way to celebrate the start of a weekend and this recipe lends itself perfectly to that!

As you take your first bite into this luxurious French Toast, notice the luscious orange aroma coating your palate and the chocolate shavings melting in your mouth.

Enjoy this dish with your favorite brunch drink, coffee, orange juice or maybe even a mimosa!

If you do give this recipe a try and share about it on Instagram, make sure to tag me (@muriellebanackissa).

Have a wonderful week my friends!

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