Baked Orange Pecan French Toast
thick slices french bread
powdered sugar for garnish
1In a large bowl, beat together eggs, orange juice, milk, orange liqueur, sugar, orange zest, vanilla and nutmeg.
2Dip each slice of French bread in mixture, turning to coat both sides.
3Place soaked bread slices in a single layer on an ungreased 15x10 jelly roll pan. Pour any remaining mixture over bread.
4Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
5Next morning: Preheat oven to 375 F
6Divide melted butter evenly between two 9x13 glass baking dishes and spread to completely cover the bottom of dishes.
7Place soaked bread slices in a single layer in the two dishes and sprinkle with pecans.
8Bake on middle rack in oven for 20 minutes. Do not turn slices over.
9Remove from baking dishes, sprinkle with powdered sugar (if desired) and serve with a variety of syrups