Mother’s Day Breakfast: Orange Zest French Toast

Mother’s Day Breakfast: Orange Zest French Toast

Hello, and happy mother’s day eve!

Yes, I just made that holiday up, but I have a good reason to celebrate one day early.

In contrast to last year’s Mother’s Day cruise weekend, I will spend little time with my Mommy this Mother’s Day due to school. I’m traveling back to Gainesville Sunday because UF’s summer A classes begin Monday, and I start a new job Tuesday.

I could write for days and never accurately describe how much my mom means to me. I can’t imagine life without her company, advice and sense of humor. She’s the nucleus of the Kolota family; the lives of my brother, father and I would be a complete mess without her.

My mom doesn’t really enjoy gifts other than fresh flowers, so I always try to show my appreciation in other ways (a.k.a. cooking).

With that said, below you’ll find a simply delicious, special breakfast to share with your mom. Enjoy it in bed; at the table with family; or outside on a porch like ours. I promise the little “kick” of summer citrus in this French toast is sure to please.

Whether you make this breakfast or not, I hope you spend time with your mom this weekend. As you may know, time is the best and most fleeting gift of all.

Enjoy 🙂

Orange Zest French Toast


Serves two (A stack for you and a stack for mom!)

Total Preparation and Cook Time: 10 minutes

Difficulty: Easy


  • Four slices thick bread (I used Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Ancient Grains.)
  • One tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
  • Two large eggs
  • Two egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • One teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Two tablespoons milk (I used skim.)
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter 
  • Maple syrup (optional topping; I prefer Grade B due to it’s deep flavor.)


  1. Heat a large non-stick pan to medium heat.
  2. While the pan is heating, whisk the eggs and egg whites in a large shallow bowl with the vanilla, cinnamon, orange zest and milk. Stir until the mixture is frothy. (Note: Check out this link if you’re not sure how to make “fresh” orange zest.)
  3. Add the butter to the heated pan. Stir it around as it melts.
  4. One slice at a time, dip each side of the bread in the egg mixture. Allow each side to sit in the mixture for about 10 seconds so the bread can soak.
  5. One slice at a time, shake off excess batter and place in the pan. 
  6. Cook each side for about four minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Assemble on a plate. Serve with fresh navel orange slices and top with maple syrup, if desired.
  8. Enjoy!

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Of Possible Interest:

Top 10 Delicious Mother’s Day Breakfast Recipes via Reader’s Digest

50 Delicious Breakfasts for Mother’s Day! via Six Sisters’ Stuff

Raspberry Cinnamon French Toast Recipe via Taste of Home

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