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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!



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  1. vintagejenta #
    March 25, 2012

    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.

    • Amy #
      March 25, 2012

      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!

      • April 30, 2012

        I was able to visit when I was in the Navy. Kinda not the same..but still nice.

  2. March 26, 2012

    I loved Orangina when I was a kid! I’ll bet this French toast is as delicious as it is cute. :)

    • Amy #
      March 29, 2012

      I sure think so!

  3. March 26, 2012

    This looks tasty and what a fun idea-cumulus clouds! Have to remember this one.

    • Amy #
      March 29, 2012

      with syrup rain!

  4. Lindsay #
    March 26, 2012

    This looks like a great version of my favorite breakfast food! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Amy #
      March 29, 2012

      let me know the opinion of the jury!

  5. March 29, 2012

    Thanks for sharing…it looks delicious

    • Amy #
      March 29, 2012

      you’re welcome. hope you have the chance to try it out for yourself!

  6. April 20, 2012

    Many thanks. Breakfast tomorrow: checked off the “to plan” list!

  7. April 20, 2012

    Im curious how you made it in that shape

    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012

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

  8. April 20, 2012

    wow, that looks great. My kids would love it. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012

      no problem!

  9. April 20, 2012

    Ooh, I’ll have to try that!

  10. April 20, 2012

    very interesting idea!!

  11. beckscostello #
    April 20, 2012

    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!

  12. April 20, 2012

    Looks wonderful! I suddenly have a craving…

  13. April 20, 2012

    I don’t even know what Orangina is!! Off to Google it so I can make these.

  14. April 20, 2012

    Looks good… Thanks for the recipe!

  15. April 20, 2012

    Looks excellent! I’ve been trying to think of something special to make my mom on Mother’s Day…I think these’ll be perfect.

    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012

      yes, and pretty simple. hope you have a great time together.

  16. April 20, 2012

    That looks really good. :) Thanks for posting. :)

  17. April 20, 2012

    FABUOUS!! Definitely putting this on the list for a Sunday breakfast!

    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012

      happy weekend to you!

  18. April 20, 2012

    Such a creative idea. Love it!

  19. April 20, 2012

    really impressive! I make a good cook but a sad baker…sorta kinda jealous. congrats of making Freshly Pressed!

  20. April 20, 2012

    Who would resist these orangina clouds?! I know I wouldn’t! :)

  21. April 20, 2012

    Soo cute! They look like wee clouds… breakfast coming right up :)

  22. April 20, 2012

    This looks amazing! I may just have to run out to the grocery store to jazz up breakfast in the morning!

  23. April 20, 2012

    Pretty pics! Nicely delivered. ;-)

  24. April 20, 2012

    Wow! They absolutely do look like clouds. Delicious, edible clouds. Great photos too, thanks for sharing.

  25. Tammy #
    April 20, 2012

    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!

  26. transitionscoachingcayman #
    April 20, 2012

    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.

    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012


  27. April 20, 2012

    Hi, cute post! Does the fizz in the Orangina do anything for the french toast batter? Make it lighter?

    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012

      not really sure, but I like the taste!

  28. April 20, 2012

    mmm. orangina! I can almost taste that french toast, those pics are mouthwatering!

  29. April 20, 2012

    That’s downright brilliant. Can’t wait to try this one. Love Orangina! :)

    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012

      hope you enjoy the dish!

  30. April 20, 2012

    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!

    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012

      I know! Megan, the inside pages are so colorful too. Hope you enjoy the French Toast.

  31. Bex #
    April 20, 2012

    GREAT IDEA! i love it and can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  32. April 20, 2012

    Looks delish!

  33. April 20, 2012

    Awww.. I love clouds, and I love your cloud-shaped toast more! Thanks for sharing. The post really makes my day sunny! :) Keep up the good work!

    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012

      thank you, and more sunny days to you.

  34. April 20, 2012

    I like mine with butter and nutella!

    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012


  35. April 20, 2012

    Orangina is the BEST! I’m trying this… can’t wait.

  36. April 21, 2012

    Oh man. My mouth is watering. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  37. April 21, 2012

    The combo of orange zest and cinnamon in a sweet dish is so, so flavorful. I just love this and I’d serve it with some fresh berries – yum! :)

  38. introvegirl #
    April 21, 2012

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

    Thanks for sharing!


    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012

      most welcome! happy breakfasting :)

  39. April 21, 2012

    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.

    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012

      I’ll consider that challenge.

  40. April 21, 2012

    Everything looks yummy!

  41. April 21, 2012

    I’m going to bed right now so I can wake up early and make some of your great challah french toast. Great photos.

    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012

      hope the morning was good to you :)

  42. April 21, 2012

    Anything involving Orangina makes my heart HAPPY! Yummy! :o)

    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012


  43. AJ #
    April 21, 2012

    Mmm… can’t wait to try it!

  44. Justine de Jonge #
    April 21, 2012

    Simply divine and mouth-watering. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012

      no problem. thanks for stopping by :)

  45. April 21, 2012

    Tommorow’s B’fast xox!

  46. April 21, 2012

    Your challah looks awesome :D

  47. rooksgolla #
    April 21, 2012

    So cute and I ALWAYS want french toast!

  48. April 21, 2012

    Looks delicious!

  49. ashleyjago #
    April 21, 2012

    Ahh these are cute and I love orange, must try : D

  50. April 21, 2012

    That’s a great idea! Incorporating fizzy drinks in cooking.. genius! I should try it sometime! :) It looks delicious

    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012

      yes, try the fizzy and see what you think :)

  51. April 21, 2012

    Yay. What fun and creative recipe. I love orange zest and have not used it with French toast. Glad to have found your blog.

    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012

      glad you’re here!

  52. April 21, 2012

    This looks fantastic!

  53. April 21, 2012

    Looks delicious – I think the cloud shapes make a delightful presentation…I love everything about France and can’t wait to go back. Will check back to see more of your blog soon.

    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012

      thank you! I hope to visit France someday myself.

  54. April 21, 2012

    Mmm, this looks like a lovely comfort food recipe. :)

  55. April 21, 2012

    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!

  56. April 21, 2012

    My mouth is watering right now! I guess I’ll go get a bowl of cereal to temporarily satiate myself until I can get to the store to by these ingredients…

    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012

      get thee to a grocery :) happy saturday to you.

  57. April 21, 2012

    Reblogged this on Summer's Blog.

  58. cnaska #
    April 21, 2012

    I’m reading this before breakfast and that looks exactly like what I need right now!! :)

  59. April 21, 2012

    Beautiful! I thought you had made the clouds. Even better that it just came together naturally as you sliced the bread. :)

  60. April 21, 2012

    OMG!! I cant stop salivating from your pictures, wooww.. it looks soo darn delicious!!! i’m definitely going to try it.. :-D

    • Amy #
      April 21, 2012

      hope you enjoy :)

  61. April 21, 2012

    Very cute idea!

  62. April 21, 2012

    This is wonderful! Once in a desperate attempt for a mimosa, I tried using Orangina. It was an all around failure, so it’s great to see an actual recipe for that orange-y goodness.

  63. April 21, 2012

    Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing and congrats on FP!

  64. April 21, 2012

    OMG! This looks so amazing!

  65. April 21, 2012

    Looks amazing. Beautiful photos, too.

  66. April 21, 2012

    How I love Orangina and French Toast! Great post and congrats on FP!

  67. April 21, 2012

    I’m a bit of a french toast fiend, orange is a clever new flavor to add.
    Look delicious.

  68. April 21, 2012

    Taste must be delicious.. brioches?

  69. T2K #
    April 21, 2012

    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

  70. April 21, 2012

    Another reason to love french toast!

  71. April 22, 2012

    Wooh! 100th comment!

    Those look so cute and delicious. It really would feel like a sunny morning if you ate them with those golden brown eggs. Nom nom nom!

  72. April 22, 2012

    Looks amazing! I’m putting it on my baking list!x

  73. April 22, 2012

    Sounds delicious!

  74. April 22, 2012

    Ah, man, seeing that maple syrup drenched over that orange French toast, my mouth is watering.

  75. April 22, 2012

    Reblogged this on Traveling Under Grace and commented:
    YUMMY!!! I love challah bread and making french toast with it is delicious!!!

  76. April 22, 2012

    Wow! That looks amazing!

  77. Sum #
    April 22, 2012

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

  78. April 22, 2012

    Love anything with Orangina. Thank you for sharing this!!!

    • Amy #
      April 22, 2012

      you’re welcome, Jan. thanks for popping by my blog!

  79. April 22, 2012

    Looks really nice, great idea!

  80. April 22, 2012

    Yummmm! I’ve never had french toast with orange peel in it but it seems like some zest would be really delicious. Great post.

    • Amy #
      April 22, 2012

      yes, zest is best! this day I couldn’t find the zester, so I just used the grater on the orange :)

  81. April 22, 2012

    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?

    • Amy #
      April 22, 2012

      orange soda would be great!

  82. April 22, 2012

    Wonderful presentation. I will have to enjoy some for breakfast this morning.

  83. helenhanh1994 #
    April 22, 2012

    We have French toast here but I never thought of cutting it into clouds =)))
    look so yummy :x

  84. April 22, 2012

    I want this now … wow how good do they sound must taste better. Thanks for sharing

  85. April 22, 2012

    That banch of french toast looks better than the one I had at the breakfast place I just ate at! I think I’ll give this reciept a shot :)


    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      they were good! I hope yours turn out :)

  86. lecocodemojo #
    April 22, 2012

    Ahh! So cute!!

  87. April 22, 2012

    Beautiful pics and the toast looks so yummy!

  88. Anne Bonney #
    April 22, 2012

    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.

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      sidewalk cafe in Paris sounds lovely, lovely.

  89. April 22, 2012

    I love french toast and love orangina so this sounds and looks delicious :) Thank you for the great idea.

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      you’re welcome – hope you have fun with it.

  90. writingisl0ve #
    April 22, 2012

    Reblogged this on writingisl0ve and commented:

  91. April 22, 2012

    What a delicious idea. I love that “Zippy” taste that Orangina has. :D

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      zippy! you said it!

  92. April 22, 2012

    Love, love, love this blog and your writing style! That french toast has my stomach growling terrible now. Just stopping by to say hi. Would love if you visited my Advice Column – Just getting started up today!

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      Hi Jane Gold! thanks for stopping by. best wishes in your new venture!

  93. Joe Labriola #
    April 22, 2012

    Wow, these look like some pretty epic recipes! Seem like great summer dishes, thanks!

  94. yablogtherapy #
    April 23, 2012

    Perfect way to start a Sunday morning!

  95. April 23, 2012

    What a great idea! I’m totally making myself a loaf of challah tonight. My kids will die when they see this.

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      hope the kids liked it!

      • April 24, 2012

        Boo. I only had multigrain flour so I didn’t make the challah. But I will! And when I do, they’ll love it.

  96. April 23, 2012

    Reblogged this on vegannewby and commented:
    ohhhh.. I can’t wait to veganize this recipe…this looks SOOOO good!!

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      awesome. please leave a comment one you’ve transformed the recipe so I can link back for the vegan world!

  97. April 23, 2012

    Adorable! Love it :) I’ve been needing some new recipes for work, and this one looks like it’d be a fun alternative to our normal French Toast! Thanks for sharing!

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      yay! you’re welcome.

  98. April 23, 2012

    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.

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      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.

  99. April 23, 2012

    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?

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      I love cinnamon on top!

  100. lechatnoirmon #
    April 23, 2012

    I can feel m y stomach rumbling! Looks delicious & easy to make! Definitely trying this out!! :)

  101. April 23, 2012

    I only learnt what french toast was a few days ago so I will definitely be trying this out! YUM!

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      I hope that you like it!

  102. April 23, 2012

    Reblogged this on Better To Have Loved and commented:

  103. April 23, 2012

    That is, undoubtedly, the cutest thing ever! :)

  104. eataduck #
    April 23, 2012

    Dear lord, Orangina AND french toast? Two of my favorite things, kill me now!

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      stay alive! eat orangina french toast!

  105. MN #
    April 23, 2012

    Would you mind posting that cloud pic with the knife to the Cloud Appreciation Society blog?

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      not at all. thanks!

  106. Andri Kyrychok #
    April 23, 2012

    Lovely Orangina

  107. April 23, 2012

    I love the recipe book! Very cute. Now I have to think about using pop in various ways…
    Congrats on FP!

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      I have been thinking of a cookie recipe with some pop lately… please share when you come up with something!

  108. April 23, 2012

    I might try doing this and swap in banana bread for the challah

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      banana bread makes yummy french toast!

  109. April 23, 2012

    Challah makes the best french toast! Love the clouds! Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      I agree… in any flavor variety!

  110. April 23, 2012

    heavenly- and I bet they taste good too – glad I found you

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      glad you stopped by.

  111. Robin #
    April 23, 2012

    What a FANTASTIC idea!!! Orangina! Thank you! That will definitely be on this weekend’s list.

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      you’re welcome…. the weekend’s a-comin’!

  112. April 23, 2012

    looks a little too good!

  113. April 23, 2012

    This looks so cool! I really want to try it! My friend loves to bake I’ll have to give her the recipe!

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      hope she makes it for you :)

  114. April 23, 2012

    Words cannot express how much I love the fact that this bread slices into the shapes of clouds! I love it.

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      it made me happy too :)

  115. April 24, 2012

    Looks and sounds good! Never would have thought to use Orangina like that. Same with challah.

  116. April 24, 2012

    I will absolutely have to make this recipe. I make my own challah and add orange zest to the dough, can’t wait to try this one of these weekends.

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      your challah sounds delicious. especially as cinnamon toast!

  117. April 24, 2012

    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!

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012

      I don’t make my own challah, but I would like to!

  118. putueka photography #
    April 24, 2012

    looks yummy…and love the cloud shape…love it…

  119. April 24, 2012

    Good Evening: I didn’t have Orangina, but fresh-squeezed OJ worked very well, and these are sensational topped with sliced strawberries and powdered sugar. Thanks!

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012


  120. April 24, 2012

    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!

    • Amy #
      April 24, 2012


  121. stitchergirl #
    April 24, 2012

    MMMMM. Well I have my saturday brunch all figured out. Yum!

  122. April 24, 2012

    Oh my….Orangina….sounds divine! I have to make the Challah myself, but when I do will definitely make this! Yuuuuummmmyyyyy!

  123. April 24, 2012

    They look so good! I’m from Italy, so I can found Orangina everywhere, but I never found a recipe with it that was this good!
    Thank you for sharing,
    Artphalt (

  124. April 24, 2012

    love this!! i have to make this. looks yummy!

  125. April 25, 2012

    How cute are these! And sure looks tasty ^.^~

  126. #
    April 26, 2012

    It seems very good.
    Chantal ( a french cook)

  127. April 27, 2012

    Now we have a new Sunday morning recipe with a cup of tea ;)

    • Amy #
      April 28, 2012


  128. April 27, 2012

    looks yummy! nice way to enjoy your first Orangina. i love your photos!

    • Amy #
      April 28, 2012

      thank you!

  129. April 27, 2012

    I will for shore be practicing these for when my son is big enough to eat solids! how cute.

    • Amy #
      April 28, 2012

      :) yay for solids

  130. April 28, 2012

    simple recipe, yet looks so delicious … im gonna pin it to remind myself :D

    • Amy #
      April 28, 2012

      thanks for the pin!

  131. April 28, 2012

    Like little clouds !!

  132. April 29, 2012

    Reblogged this on Open Kitchen.

  133. April 30, 2012

    These are adorable! I couldn’t agree more that challah makes for some bomb-diggity French toast. The orange and cloves are a fantastic touch. Well done!

  134. realanonymousgirl2011 #
    April 30, 2012

    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!

  135. May 6, 2012

    I love this recipe and the way you show, thanks for share, beautiful!

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