Cranberry Orange Upside Down French Toast

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This overnight French toast is a combination of dried cranberries and walnuts soaked in an egg wash that is infused with oranges. Once baked, you get a crispy bread on one side and a punch of sweetness on the other.

Cranberry Orange Upside Down French Toast

I wish breakfast could be every meal of the day. I LOVE breakfast. When we do breakfast for dinner, I am most excited. Of course, I could make myself an egg white omelet for dinner and be perfectly fine. But no, the boyfriend doesn’t eat eggs and needs a “real” dinner. One breakfast-for-dinner meal we agree on is pancakes or waffles. I am on team pancake and he is on team waffle.

Cranberry Orange Upside Down French Toast

We can always agree on French toast. When I told him about the upside down French toast I wanted to make, he wasn’t entirely on board.

What do you mean you leave it overnight?

Why is it upside down?

Why can’t we just have regular French toast?

Sigh.

Cranberry Orange Upside Down French Toast

This Cranberry Orange Upside Down French Toast will leave you licking your plate clean. It is a thick cut slices of French bread on top of cranberries and walnuts that have sat in butter and sugar overnight. It’s finished off in a bath of eggs and fresh orange juice. This is definitely not a healthy French toast, but then again, is there such a thing?

Cranberry Orange Upside Down French Toast

This was my first time making an overnight French toast. I really didn’t understand the concept. Why wouldn’t you just make it fresh in the morning?

Well in this case, you bake it so that all the good stuff on the bottom of the pan bakes together with the eggs as a bidning agent. Once you take it out of the oven, take a sheet pan and cover the top. Then hold the sheet pan tight to your baking dish and flip it over. Out comes this gorgeous block of French toast goodness.

I would actually recommend cutting around each slice of toast before you invert it. It makes it easier to slice that way.

Cranberry Orange Upside Down French Toast

For this recipe, I used a 9” by 13” pan for the French toast. I prepared the toppings by melting the butter and combining it with my cranberries and walnuts. Then you lay the bread over top and pour your egg mixture on top of that. It should refrigerate overnight, and when you are ready to bake it, remove it from the refrigerator about 30 minutes prior.

Cranberry Orange Upside Down French Toast

I saw this recipe in a Taste of Home Maganzie and I pulled it out so I could try making it some time. I have slightly adapted their recipe for this post.

I tried my hardest to resist eating a whole plate of this. Instead, I just kept coming back for more small bites until I eventually polished off a whole slice. I had to throw out the rest just to keep myself from eating it!

Cranberry Orange Upside Down French Toast

The walnuts for this recipe were provided by NUTS.com. I do like NUTS.com for buying baking items in bulk. Items such as sprinkles and chocolate chips can be bought in bulk for a great price! Although I have received product free of charge, my opinions are all my own. 

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Cranberry Orange Upside Down French Toast

  • Author: Julianne Bayer
  • Prep Time: 45 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 9 Slices

Description

This overnight French toast is a combination of dried cranberries and walnuts soaked in an egg wash that is infused with oranges. Once baked, you get crispy on one side and a punch of sweetness on the other.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C Butter, melted
  • 1/2 C Granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C Walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 C Dried cranberries
  • Zest of one large orange
  • 9 Slices French bread, 3/4″ thick
  • 8 Large eggs
  • 1/2 C Heavy cream or milk
  • Juice of one large orange
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a microwave-safe dish and spread evenly over the bottom of a 9″by13″ pan. Add sugar to melted butter and stir.
  2. Sprinkle cranberries and walnuts over the melted butter. Zest orange over top.
  3. Slice French bread 3/4″ thick. You will need 9 slices. Lay French bread over top of the cranberries and walnuts.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and milk, juice from one large orange, vanilla extract and nutmeg. Pour over French bread.
  5. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 325°F. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes. Toast will brown slightly on top.
  7. Allow to set for 5-10 minutes. Cut around slices of bread. Take a sheet pan and place on top of the 9″x13″ pan. Hold the edges of the sheet pan tightly to the baking pan and invert it. Shake gently or tap the bottom of the baking pan to release the French toast.

Notes

This recipe needs to be prepared and refrigerated overnight.

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14 Responses
  1. Liz

    Oh my – this looks delicious, and if I knew it was waiting for me in the morning it might be a little bit easier for me to get out of bed on the weekend. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Linda! Thank you for calling that to my attention! The sugar is mixed with the butter and then cranberries and walnuts. I updated the recipe. I hope you enjoy!

  2. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar

    What a cool way to make french toast! I love the ease of putting it in the oven. And Dell sounds like Ian – “can’t you just make things the normal way and not always change it?” Don’t they know we have blogs to bake for? 😉

  3. Patty Zylstra

    ok, this is such a Bass Lake breakfast! I am officially putting in my request NOW!!!! I am a breakfast for dinner gal! I have tried to rub this off on the boyfriend’s family over the years….

  4. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    All my favorite flavors in one french toast! Awesome! I could definitely go for breakfast for dinner every night 😉

  5. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    You know I am also on team pancakes, but we can totally agree on French toast too! Breakfast is SUCH a winner, and I want about 30 slices of this for mine!!
    Thanks for sharing my french toast! Pinned!

  6. Mir

    I hope your boyfriend now realizes that overnight French toast is the best. I love the way it crisps on top! And adding cranberries is such a good idea.

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