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Grand Marnier French Toast in a plate

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Recipe

  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.