Earl Grey French Toast with Orange Maple Syrup

A type of black tea that’s flavored with citrusy bergamot oil, Earl Grey is loaded with flavonoids, which are antioxidants that protect the body’s cells from free-radical damage.

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  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 4 
unbleached Earl Grey tea bags, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp pure maple syrup, divided + additional for serving
  • 20 1/4--inch-thick slices 
whole-wheat baguette (4 to 5 oz) (TIP: Use yesterday's bread.)
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice 
+ additional orange 
slices for garnish
  • 5 tsp organic unsalted 
butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped unsalted pecans, for garnish, optional


  1. In a small saucepan, bring milk to a boil. Remove from heat. Steep 2 tea bags in hot milk for 10 minutes. Squeeze liquid from tea bags. Let cool slightly and rinse out saucepan.
  2. Whisk eggs and 1 tbsp maple syrup in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Slowly whisk in milk-tea mixture. In baking dish, add bread slices and soak for 3 to 5 minutes per side.
  3. To saucepan, add orange juice and remaining 3 tbsp maple syrup; bring to a boil. Add remaining 2 tea bags and steep over medium for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and simmer 3 to 5 more minutes, still on medium, until mixture is thickened and syrupy. Remove saucepan from heat and swirl in 4 tsp butter. Keep warm in pot.
  4. Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle pan over medium-low. Brush with remaining 1 tsp butter. Transfer bread slices from baking dish to skillet, allowing excess egg mixture to drip back into baking dish. Cook slices 2 to 4 minutes per side until golden to deep brown. (NOTE: Leave ½ inch between slices in skillet; you may need to work in 2 to 3 batches, depending on size of skillet.)
  5. To serve, arrange 5 slices of French toast on each plate. Drizzle each plate with additional maple syrup. Garnish with orange slices and pecans (if using).

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 5 pieces toast and 2 tbsp syrup
  • Calories 267
  • Carbohydrate Content 39 g
  • Cholesterol Content 110 mg
  • Fat Content 9 g
  • Fiber Content 2 g
  • Protein Content 8 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 5 g
  • Sodium Content 239 mg
  • Sugar Content 21 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 1 g