This recipe was sponsored by the Florida Department of Citrus.


Let’s face it: sometimes you want a breakfast that’s filling, delicious, and a bit indulgent. French toast checks all of those boxes, so it’s no wonder that my kids harass me to make it several times a week.

Everyone loves my French toast recipe, which I’ve been making for years, and has remained a closely-guarded secret until now. Fortunately for you, my friends at the Florida Department of Citrus have convinced me to open the vault and share the recipe with all of you!

Florida Orange Juice has always been the secret ingredient in my French toast recipe. I pour it right into the egg and milk mixture, and it gives the finished dish a sparkling, sun-shiney flavour, and that subtle sweetness that we love. Even my husband makes French toast with 100% Florida Orange Juice now.

Florida Orange Juice does not contain added sugars, only those that naturally occur in the orange.

Florida Orange Juice also provides taste, vitamin C, folate, and potassium. It also contains calcium and vitamin D in fortified products. We drink Florida OJ, and as you’ve seen before in my recipes, I try to cook with it as much as possible! (Like in my Sheet Pan Pork Chops, Spring Quinoa Salad, and Florida Orange Creamsicles)

Funny enough, as an aside, I made mac and cheese from scratch with my daughter a few weeks ago, and she told me to add FLOJ to the cheese sauce. At first, I was skeptical, because Orange Juice in cheese sauce? But we added it anyhow.

Can I just say that this mac and cheese – which my daughter has since replicated on her own, was incredible? As in, better than the one I usually make…without the 100% Orange Juice.

The secret to making great French toast is to let the bread soak in the egg/milk/Florida OJ mixture until it’s almost falling apart. Nobody likes French toast that’s hard in the middle, am I right? Soaking the bread for a while ensures that it comes out custardy and delicious after frying.

OMG! I want some right now!




Florida Orange Juice French toast recipe

Florida Orange Juice French toast recipe

Florida Orange Juice French toast recipe

Florida Orange Juice French toast recipe


Here’s the French toast recipe I know you’re going to love. Comment on this post and let me know what you think!

Florida Orange Juice French Toast Recipe

This is my classic French toast recipe that I make at least once a week for my family!

Servings: 4
  • 8 thick slices of challah or brioche bread
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Florida Orange Juice
  • 1/3 cup milk I use whole or cream when I have it
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla paste or vanilla extract
  • Butter for frying
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, Florida Orange Juice, and vanilla paste.

  2. Soak the bread slices until saturated - you may have to do this in batches.

  3. Fry the bread in butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat, turning once until both sides are browned.

  4. Serve with syrup and powdered sugar, if desired.

Hint: this recipe freezes well! Once the French toast is cooked, store it in the freezer in Ziploc bags. Reheat in toaster oven or microwave.

Go to the Florida Department of Citrus website at to learn more about the Amazing 5 and more Florida Orange Juice recipes to try at home!