French Toast with Caramelized Cinnamon Orange Sugar {quick & easy!}

french toast with caramelized cinnamon orange sugar and marmalade syrup

I am so thankful for oranges and other citrus during the winter months, when our local fresh fruit supply is nonexistent here in the Midwest. It’s bright and cheery, and offers incredible flavor and color on our plates when the snow is falling cold and white outside. In both sweet (Orange and Dark Chocolate Scones with Orange Glaze) and savory (Roasted Cauliflower with Golden Raisins, Pine Nuts & Orange) dishes, my family has been enjoying the beauty of citrus this season.

I’ve been known to stir in the fragrant juice and zest of an orange into our pancake and French toast batters in the past, and those breakfasts have always gone over big for our family. So this past weekend, this concept was given a little different twist. I added orange zest to a cinnamon and sugar mixture, topped slices of French toast with it, and then cooked it until that citrusy sugar was all golden and caramelized and completely irresistible. Drizzled with a simple orange marmalade syrup, all warm and sticky, this French Toast with Caramelized Cinnamon Sugar proved to be another delicious hit. And it was so quick and easy to make!

french toast with caramelized cinnamon orange sugar and marmalade syrup

With the new French Toast Batter from Crystal Farms (a company based right here in the Midwest), I had a hot and delicious breakfast sitting in front of my family in record time. The batter is made with eggs, vanilla, and milk, and comes in a handy carton with a spout. It’s so quick and easy to use, that I actually found myself making the kids orange French toast on a hectic Monday morning, before I headed into work and our kids were off to school. I had saved the leftover cinnamon orange sugar and marmalade syrup from our weekend meal, and it helped to make Monday morning so much easier to step in to with a smile on.

new Crystal Farms eggs products

Crystal Farms has also debuted two other new egg products. Simply Eggs can stand in for shell eggs in any baking or cooking recipe. And Scrambled Eggs has some buttermilk added to it, providing beautifully fluffy eggs every time. My husband and I are very much an eggs-for-breakfast-or-any-meal-of-the-day kind of couple, and we both found these products to be tasty and incredibly easy to use. It took only a few minutes to prepare a quick protein-rich weekday breakfast. And with a little more leisure time over the weekend, we indulged our hot skillet of eggs with some freshly chopped veggies and herbs, and a sprinkling of cheese. After making it through another week, an extra special weekend breakfast is always the perfect reward.



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french toast with caramelized cinnamon orange sugar and marmalade syrup

And now here’s that quick and easy recipe for
French Toast with Caramelized Cinnamon Orange Sugar.


French Toast with Caramelized Cinnamon Orange Sugar {quick & easy!}


    for the cinnamon orange sugar:
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • zest from 1 large orange
  • for the orange marmalade syrup (optional):
  • 1 c. maple syrup
  • 1/4 c. orange marmalade
  • for the French toast:
  • Crystal Farms French Toast Batter
  • your favorite bread, sliced (French bread or challah make this extra special!)
  • butter, for the heated pan or griddle


Please note: This is not an exact recipe. Just make as little or as much as you want each time. The cinnamon orange sugar and the orange marmalade syrup keep well in the refrigerator, for future quick and easy meals.

Prepare cinnamon orange sugar by stirring together all ingredients. Set aside.

Prepare orange marmalade syrup by combining maple syrup and orange marmalade in a small bowl or pitcher. Warm just a bit in the microwave.

Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Melt a bit of butter in the pan. Pour desired amount of French Toast Batter in a shallow bowl, and then dip first bread slice in it. Turn bread over in the batter and then, while still dipped in the batter, place up to 2 teaspoons of cinnamon orange sugar on the top side of the bread. Spread to evenly coat that side of the bread. Then place the bread on the buttered pan, with the cinnamon orange sugar side down first. After the sugar has caramelized and turned golden, about 2 minutes or so, flip the bread and cook until done, another couple of minutes. Repeat process with remaining bread slices. Serve with warm orange marmalade syrup, maple syrup, or fresh fruit.


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141 Responses to “French Toast with Caramelized Cinnamon Orange Sugar {quick & easy!}”

  1. #
    Amanda — February 23, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Oh I bet that is so good! I adore orange flavored anything :)

  2. #
    karen — February 23, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I like to make waffles on the weekend and pop them in the toaster on busy mornings

  3. #
    Meryl — February 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Yogurt and fresh fruit.

  4. #
    Louis — February 23, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Oatmeal and banana.

  5. #
    Laurie Jesch-Kulseth @ Relishing It — February 23, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    We often do homemade frozen waffles in the toaster, too. It’s a nice option for busy mornings!

  6. #
    Kim Catapano — February 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Greek yogurt topped with fresh fruit and granola.

  7. #
    Kim Catapano — February 24, 2013 at 3:07 pm
  8. #
    Sandra Beeman — February 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    The easiest way for me to make breakfast quicker is to ask what everybody wants and precook and set the table ahead.

  9. #
    Jill — February 26, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I’ve been on a french toast kick lately ever since I started using the thicker slices of Texas toast and baking it in the oven on 350 for about 20 minutes instead of using the skillet. I’ll definitely be using this recipe the next time I make this. Thanks for sharing, this looks delish!

  10. #
    shag66 — February 26, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Cereal with yogurt and fruit is our “in a super hurry” breakfast. Add cereal to bowl, add enough yogurt to make it moist and then add cut up bananas, strawberries or what ever fruit that is on hand.

  11. #
    Julie Bucci — February 27, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I make up big batches of french toast, pancakes, waffles and other breakfast things on the weekend. The freeze them for use on school mornings.

  12. #
    Karen Webber — February 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Love your recipes!
    Cheese omelet

  13. #
    Shaina — March 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Love the caramelized sugar on these!

  14. #
    Avery K — March 2, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I make breakfast burritos and freeze them. When I’m in a rush or running late, I pop one in the microwave and I have a delicious breakfast in seconds!

  15. #
    Shoshana — March 4, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Cereal, yogurt, and fruit!!

  16. #
    Danyelle H — March 4, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Oatmeal and smoothies! Quick and easy and delicious!

  17. #
    Danyelle H — March 4, 2013 at 1:32 pm
  18. #
    Angie — March 7, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Love to do quick cold oatmeal – oats yogurt milk & fruit overnight in the fridge. I’ll make a few batches & keep them in the fridge for a busy week. Perfect in the summer!

  19. #
    Angie — March 7, 2013 at 10:03 pm
  20. #
    Nicole Herman — March 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    For a quick breakfast, I make egg cups inside ham…yummy and easy!

  21. #
    Nicole Herman — March 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm


  22. #
    Jenny — March 8, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I love mixing up protein pancake batter with eggs at night and cooking them in the morning. Serve with fruit and/or syrup.

  23. #
    Kellie — March 8, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Our busy morning solution when we don’t have time to cook is yogurt (usually greek) with mix-ins. Granola, cereal, fruit, chia seeds, whatever we are in the mood for that day.

  24. #
    Kellie — March 8, 2013 at 11:12 pm
  25. #
    Rhonda — March 9, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Busy Morning which is every morning lately. Granola with a smoothie and toast and whatever my teenage boys need to fill up with.

  26. #
    Amy S — March 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I like to make a big batch of pancakes on the weekend and eat that for breakfast throughout the week.

  27. #
    Laura — March 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    We love granola and yogurt in the mornings for a quick breakfast!

  28. #
    Ann — March 11, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    We like to have scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese in a whole wheat pita pocket.

  29. #
    domestic diva — March 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I like a frittata — essentially an open-face omelet cooked in the oven.

  30. #
    S ANDERSON — March 13, 2013 at 8:04 am

    This sounds like an easy way to add variety to breakfast

  31. #
    Kandi — March 15, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I like to cut up some fresh avocado and cherry tomatoes and keep them on hand in the fridge. Then for breakfast I scramble up and egg and add in the veggies and some feta cheese. If I’m in a big hurry I throw it all in a tortilla and out the door I go.

  32. #
    Kandi — March 15, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I tweeted about the sweepstakes!

  33. #
    Kandi — March 15, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I tweeted about the post and messed up the last comment post. Ooops!

  34. #
    Maria V — March 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    instant oatmeal is my fave. sometimes i even take it with me and eat in the car!

  35. #
    Patricia C — March 23, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    My busy morning breakfast solution: make plenty of french toast and pancakes on the weekend and warm up during the week

  36. #
    Patricia C — March 23, 2013 at 8:05 pm
  37. #
    Pam — March 31, 2013 at 8:51 am

    My favorite is homemade waffle sticks with lots of topping options and my grandkids for fun

  38. #
    Sarah O. — May 30, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    My busy-morning breakfast is a yogurt with fresh berries and granola. Protein, carbs, fat and fiber, all in one!


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