orangina french toast clouds

There’s this magical thing that happens when you slice up a loaf of challah: yeasty cumulus clouds fill the board! The braided kosher egg bread is so beautifully golden and perfect for french toast that it makes any cloudy day feel sunny.  Since I had the eggs blown out from my little seasonal decorating project, I made my Orangina French Toast and decided to share the recipe here.

I went through a phase a while back using fizzy beverages in my cooking (Limonata, Jarritos, Ginger Ale, you name it). In my head it perks up anything; who knows if something really is happening there. I may just like the excuse to purchase single soda bottles, add a portion to the recipe, and finish drinking it while cooking (if you cook with wine, you know what I am talking about).  The first time I had Orangina was at the rooftop cafe of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.  Needless to say, it was a good day.

Since Christmas, I have been keeping my new recipes and cards in the book in the first picture: a gift from my brother-in-law’s folks!  I will treasure it till the cows come home.

Orangina French Toast for 2

1/3 C milk or cream

2 eggs

1/2 t vanilla

1 t cinnamon or cloves

4 slices challah

Orangina & orange zest

Whisk together first four ingredients.  Soak challah in mix for several minutes.  Sprinkle with zest and splash with Orangina.  Melt one tablespoon of butter (sub oil or use bacon drippings) in skillet.  Fry orange clouds over medium heat until golden.  Dust with powdered sugar, fruit, or your fav. light amber syrup.  Buongiorno!

200 thoughts on “orangina french toast clouds

  1. I miss Orangina! The first time I had it was in the south of France on a high school trip with my French class. So refreshingly delicious. I miss it.

    1. I hear you! I gasped out loud when I saw it at the local grocery store here. P.S. I would looove to visit the south of France before I die. How wonderful!

    1. I bought the challah bread at the bakery – they braid the dough! When you cut slices of the bread, they look like clouds :)

  2. I always make French toast, I never even thought of using orange flavours. Looks and sounds delicious! I’m looking forward to Sunday brunch already!

  3. Rocking recipe! I just introduced my daughter to Orangina the other day – I shall make this recipe soon and I hope it tastes as exquisite as you have beheld it in your wonderful writing!
    Thank you!

  4. Nice idea and great presentation. We loved Orangina growing up and visiting France every year (from the UK) and now my kids love it too. Don’t think I can get it on my Carribean island though, but will check.

  5. This looks seriously delicious! And that recipe book is the most attractive inanimate object I think I’ve seen in a long time ;) Congratulations too on your amazing food photography: it’s such a challenging medium. Fantastic post – will definitely be trying this, thanks!

  6. My mouth is watering lol I shall make this for breakfast sometime! :) :) :) :) :)

    Thanks for sharing!


  7. Novel idea! I liked Orangina for about two weeks in 1993. It’s a bit of a mystery where it was before and after those two weeks. Now, if you can concoct something with Royal Crown and Virgin Cola, I’d be curious.

  8. I just saw a similar idea the other day – first time I even thought of using challah for French toast because it’s quite the opposite to French toast I know – soft. Looked really moorish though, and this extra twist on it that you’ve added…clouds…wonderful! Love the orange idea too! Thanks for sharing!

  9. These look amazing! And such a good way to use up old bread. I’ll be using this recipe with my Tsoureki recipe for breakfast this morning. Thanks :-D

  10. Who would have thought Orangina french toast? These are lovely photos. Orangina is my favourite drink! I’ve got to try this soon! :)

  11. Yummy! I love oranges and an orange flavoured french toast is definitely worth a try! I can’t wait to try them in my kitchen.. Thanks for sharing :) we don’t get orangina here but any orange flavoured soda should do right?

  12. The first time I encountered Orangina was at a sidewalk cafe in Paris. Everytime I see Orangina, it brings back memories – love it! Thanks for sharing this memory.

  13. I love to bake, and make french toast quite often… never thought of making it with challah bread… love the shape it makes! But, isn’t it too soft? Does it get soggy? I’ve also never thought to use bubbly drinks in baking.. but I’m totally gonna try it! We can get Orangina, even here in Idaho, lol.

    1. Hello, Idaho! The challah is normally a few days old, so it’s not too soft. If it’s fresh, I might toast it before soaking it in the liquid mixture. I suppose it’s possible to get soggy, so just gauge how much liquid you are putting on the bread.

  14. Oh.. and by-the-by…. we never-ever use maple syrup on our french toast. We put butter, then powdered sugar (which partly melts into the butter and partly gets crunchy, sort of hard to explain) then cinnamon on top. It’s fantastic! It’s the only way I like to eat it! I’ve tried syrup but don’t care for it (on pancakes, sure!) My family has always done it this way… does anyone else?

  15. What a neat idea! Do you make your own challah? I like Orangina too…never thought of cooking with it! What does the “fizz” do when you cook it? Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  16. Oh wow, this is very original. I imagine the orange zest and cinnamon make an interesting pair. The fresh, distinct citric flavor of orange and the light smokiness of the cinnamon should prove to be a pleasant breakfast. Yay for Challah bread!

  17. What a great idea. I’ll have to try that. I’ve used Texas Toast which makes deliciously thick french toast but I love that yours look like happy little clouds!

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