Quick, easy and perfect for a fun holiday breakfast! This french toast recipe is full of fresh seasonal flavors and is always a crowd favorite!
Cranberry orange french toast! Doesn’t that just scream “Happy Holidays”?! Or for some people, “Hello Thanksgiving breakfast!” We have a tradition in our family where we always have a huge Thanksgiving brunch and every year there’s some sort of special french toast concoction my mother comes up with that makes our tastebuds soar. Well this year…it’s my turn. And you can bet there’s going to be a big ol’ stack of these babies at the table just waiting to be devoured! They’re sweet, slightly tart, bursting with fresh seasonal flavors and (most importantly) SO EASY to make too!
- Thick sliced bread: I used white bread for mine because it’s milder in flavor and really soaks up the flavor of the batter. (Feel free to use your favorite type of bread instead!)
- Eggs: Helps to make your french toast crispy on the outside.
- Milk: I used unsweetened almond milk for this recipe to keep it dairy free but any type of milk will work too!
- Orange zest: Adds flavor and freshness to your toast!
- Cinnamon: Gives your toast that warm and cozy feeling! (Every french toast recipe needs cinnamon in my opinion. 😉 )
- Vanilla: Ties all your flavors together!
- Cranberry-orange compote: Elevates your french toast to the next level and gives you all the feelings of Thanksgiving! (Recipe below!)
How to make cranberry orange french toast
French toast is probably one of my favorite breakfasts to make because it’s so easy and is practically fool-proof too! All you need is a simple batter made up of eggs, milk and any spices you want, a few slices of your favorite bread and a skillet and you’re all set! Here’s how I made this super easy holiday version of french toast below:
- Whisk your eggs, milk, orange zest, cinnamon and vanilla together in a shallow bowl. Set is aside.
- Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium high heat and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Once hot, take one piece of bread and dip both sides into your batter. Place it on the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes or until crispy. Then flip the toast and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes or until crispy.
- Transfer your toast to tray and repeat with the remaining bread slices.
How to make cranberry-orange compote
This is by far my favorite compote that I have ever made loves! (For those of your wondering, a compote is just a fancy name for a thick sauce made of fruit and some type of sweet syrup. Usually they’re made with a TON of white sugar but I kept it simple and used maple syrup instead.) Plus it’s so easy to make and you only need 4 ingredients too!
- 2 cups fresh whole cranberries
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup fresh orange juice
- Place all of your ingredients in a sauce pot and heat it over medium high heat.
- Once the liquid begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium and let the compote simmer for about 5 minutes. (You’re looking for the cranberries to burst and the sauce to thicken slightly.) Make sure to stir the sauce occasionally.
- Once you’ve reached your desired consistency, take the pot off the stove and transfer the compote to a glass bowl to cool.
*This compote doesn’t just have to be for french toast! Try topping it over pancakes, regular toast or even drizzling it over some ice cream for a fun holiday sundae!
How do I store my leftover french toast and compote?
- French toast: Place your leftover french toast a plastic bag and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to eat it. My favorite way to reheat french toast is to warm it in a saute pan until it gets crispy on both sides.
- Cranberry-orange compote: Pour your leftover compote into a plastic container and store it in the fridge. To reheat the compote, you can either warm it up in the microwave or heat it in a sauce pot on the stove. (The compote will solidify slightly when it’s in the fridge so you may want to add a small amount of water to loosen it up when reheating.)
More recipes like this:
- Lemon French Toast with Blueberry Compote
- Banana Bread French Toast
- Stuffed Bagel Bites
- Parmesan Egg Clouds
- Banana Bread Coffee Cake Muffins
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Easy Cranberry Orange French Toast
For the french toast:
- 5 slices white bread, sliced thick
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- 1 Tbsp orange zest (1½ oranges)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp vanilla
For the cranberry orange compote:
- 2 cups whole cranberries
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup fresh orange juice
To make the cranberry compote:
- Place all of your ingredients together in a pot and heat it over medium high heat. Once the liquid begins to boil, let it simmer for 5-6 minutes or until the cranberries begin to burst and the compote thickens slightly. (Make sure to stir occasionally.)
- Once the consistency is to your liking, pour the compote into a glass container and let it cool while you prepare the french toast. (The compote will thicken as it sits too.)
To make the french toast:
- Whisk the eggs, milk, orange zest, cinnamon and vanilla together in a shallow bowl. Set it aside.
- Heat a skillet or griddle over medium high heat and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Once it's hot, take one bread slice and dip both sides into your egg mixture. Place the bread slice on your skillet and cook on one side for 2-3 minutes (or until crispy), then flip and cook on the other side for 2-3 more minutes (or until crispy). Transfer your french toast to a tray and repeat with the remaining bread slices.
- Top each slice with your compote and serve immediately!