Orange Marmalade French Toast Bake

Orange Marmalade French Toast Bake is the perfect fluffy breakfast bake with a sweet marmalade topping, crunchy pecans, and warm spices.

Orange Marmalade French Toast Bake in baking dish dusted with powdered sugar and garnished with pecans and fresh blueberries

This is such a fun and flavorful twist on a Classic French Toast Bake. The easy marmalade topping adds a sweet and bright taste that’s perfect to wake you up in the morning. Serve this amazing Breakfast Recipe for the holidays, a weekend brunch, or anytime you want a big family breakfast.

ORANGE MARMALADE FRENCH TOAST BAKE

This French Toast recipe is easy to prep in just a few minutes. Simply combine the bread slices with easy egg custard, then add it to a baking dish with spoonfuls of marmalade. After that, all you have to do is pop it in the oven. The bread bakes to a beautiful golden brown color with a soft and fluffy texture. 

This is sure to become one of your favorite brunch recipes. French Toast Bakes are great for when you have a big group to feed. You get the flavor and texture of Traditional French Toast, but you don’t have to stand over a griddle flipping each piece of toast. Instead, it’s all combined into one pan and baked to perfection. Bakes like this one are also easy to add different add-ins and flavors to, just like with this marmalade version.

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Thanks to the marmalade filling, you can enjoy the French Toast Bake with or without toppings. It tastes great either way! But if you want some great toppings to go with this recipe, try adding cinnamon sugar, fresh fruit, powdered sugar, Whipped Cream, or chocolate syrup.

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COOKING TIPS FOR ORANGE MARMALADE FRENCH TOAST BAKE

  • Prep: To get ready to start the recipe pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees, and spray an 8×10 casserole dish with a coating of cooking spray. Then Slice the French loaf into ½ inch bread slices. 
  • Egg mixture: For the next step, add the eggs, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, and pecans. Add the bread slices and stir gently to coat the mixture over bread, and let it soak in.  
  • Assemble: Then put half the mixture in the base of the casserole dish. Layer spoonfuls of marmalade over bread. Top that off with the remaining bread slices and the remaining marmalade. 
  • Baking time: Bake for 45-50 minutes until the French toast bake is beautifully golden brown.
Orange Marmalade French Toast Bake in baking dish dusted with powdered sugar and garnished with pecans and fresh blueberries

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What kinds of bread can be used for this French Toast Bake?

Instead of a French bread loaf, there are plenty of different kinds of bread you can use in this recipe. Brioche bread, Italian bread, Sourdough bread, challah bread, or Texas toast would all work well for the bread pieces.

How do I add more orange flavor to the recipe?

Along with the orange marmalade, you can add more bright orange flavor to the recipe by mixing orange juice into the egg custard. Just replace 1 cup of the milk with orange juice and mix in 1 tablespoon orange zest with the egg mixture. It will soak into the bread and give it a sweet, citrusy taste.

What other fruit jams can be used for French Toast Bake?

Instead of orange marmalade, you can use different kinds of jam in the recipe. A French toast bake would taste amazing with Strawberry Jam, raspberry jam, Blueberry Jam, or mixed berry jam.

What else can I mix in to Orange Marmalade French Toast Bake?

There are plenty of fun mix-ins you can add to this recipe. Instead of pecans, you can try other kinds of nuts like almonds, cashews, or walnuts. You can also add fresh fruit like raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries.

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HOW TO STORE ORANGE MARMALADE FRENCH TOAST BAKE

  • Serve: You can keep this recipe at room temperature for up to 2 hours. 
  • Store: After that, cover the dish in tin foil or plastic wrap to store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  • Freeze: You can also seal and freeze the French Toast Bake for up to 3 months. Reheat it in the oven before serving. 
Orange Marmalade French Toast Bake slice on plate dusted with powdered sugar and garnished with pecans and fresh blueberries

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Orange Marmalade French Toast Bake

Orange Marmalade French Toast Bake is the perfect fluffy breakfast bake with a sweet marmalade topping, crunchy pecans, and warm spices.
Yield 16 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 16 ounces French bread , sliced ½ inch thick
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar , packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup pecans , chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups orange marmalade

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 8×10 baking dish with vegetable oil spray.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, and pecans.
  • Add in the bread and gently stir until custard is soaked in.
  • Pour half the mixture into the baking dish.
  • Top with spoonfuls of orange marmalade.
  • Add the remaining bread in spoonfuls and top with dollops of remaining orange marmalade.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 182IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Orange Marmalade French Toast Bake
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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