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Orange, Spice & Everything Nice Bagel French Toast

One of the first meals I made for Rob when we got married was french toast. I found a recipe on some website and it was amazing. I know that it called for many of the same spices called for in my pumpkin gingerbread and used orange zest and cream.

I was craving french toast over the weekend and wanted to try to recreate that version, nixing the cream so it was a little healthier. I didn’t have bread on hand, but I did have whole wheat bagels. It turned out great.

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First, beat the batter of egg, milk, spices, orange zest and vanilla.french toast-1

Next, let the bagel soak for 1-2 minutes on each side. I stabbed the bagel a few times with a fork to help the mixture absorb better. french toast-2

Melt butter in a pan over medium-high heat and place your bagels in. Cook until well browned, 3-4 minutes on each side.french toast-3

Serve immediately and with just a little maple syrup. Devour.french toast-5

To be honest, I didn’t measure the ingredients. So these are approximate. I don’t think you can screw this up though.

Orange, Spice & Everything Nice Bagel French Toast
  • 1 whole wheat bagel (or any good quality bread – slightly stale – will do)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 T milk
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/8 t nutmeg
  • 1/8 t cloves
  • 1/8 t allspice
  • 1 t orange zest
  • 1/4 t vanilla extract
  • butter & pure maple syrup
  1. Mix everything (except the bagel, of course) in a bowl until well combined.
  2. Separate the two sides of your bagel, give each side a few stabs with a fork and place in batter. Let soak for 1-2 minutes on each side per bagel.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat a skillet to medium-high heat and melt butter in the skillet. I used just under a tablespoon.
  4. Place your soaked bagel halves in the pan and cook until golden brown, 3-4 minutes each side.
  5. Serve with a little maple syrup and enjoy!

And tomorrow, I’ll give you the recipe for the coffee I had with this. It was a perfect pair!

If you had to pick one, would it be french toast, pancakes or waffles? I’m going to say french toast. But only if it’s as good as the french toast I had in San Fran.

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  • Jess @atasteofconfidence
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    I think my eyes just lit up when I saw this!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
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    Oh yum. Why oh why did I use my last egg yesterday?

  • Lauren
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    French toast definitely…actually almond butter stuffed french toast!

  • Lauren
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    Almond butter french toast!

  • Liz @ Blog is the New black
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    Def french toast or waffles… but BAGEL french toast is pure genius!

  • RLR
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    Pancakes! Especially the yummy buttermilk ones from Breakfast, Of Course! (You didn’t say we had to pick healthy, right?)

    • Teri
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      of course not! Healthy or unhealthy goes! 🙂 The ones at BOC are soooo good! Do you like their new location or old one better? I feel like the new one kind of lost some charm! But I still love going there and it’s nice to not have to wait for a table forever! 🙂

  • Ravenous Rowie
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    YUM! That’s the type of thing I’d love to have for dinner!

  • janetha
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    i so wish i had tried that FT you got in SF! still think about that sometimes, haha. cute that you made a meal reminiscent of when you guys were newlyweds. <3

    i would for SURE pick french toast. i love it. although, any breakfast carb will do, let's be honest.

    • Teri
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      We’ll just have to go there next year! 🙂

  • Lauren
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    I don’t think I could choose between french toast and pancakes but that recipe looks awesome. Bagels AND French toast? Yes please!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
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    oh man, you got me there…i’m just going to go out on a limb and say waffles…but i love how they get crispy and hot on the inside 🙂

    • Teri
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      Waffles are amazing…I had a hard time choosing between waffles and french toast.

  • Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies)
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    this certainly is everything nice! i LOVE the orange kick you added!

  • Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker
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    Bagel French toast?! I LOVE IT! And I especially love the addition of orange zest. Yum!

  • Lauren
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    This looks fantastic! I’ve never thought to use a bagel for French Toast but I can see why you would. Amazing

  • faith @ gracefulfitness
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    French toast is one of my favorite breakfasts but for some reason I eat it less than once a year! Probably because my husband is not a huge fan…I may be able to convert him yet..

    • Teri
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      I hardly eat it too. Why is that??

  • Emily
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    I’m such a waffle-girl! I could eat waffles every morning.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
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    Waffles > Pancakes > French Toast

    Love the orange spice idea – mmm!

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
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    I have never had bagel french toast before – way to improvise! I’d pick pancakes… I guess I love fluff.

  • Caree @ Fit-Mama
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    French toast is always the winner for me!! Love it! And this sounds awesome!

  • Ashley
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    I am a sucker for french toast….this looks exceptional!

  • Nichole
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    This is a great twist on a classic. Definitely diggin this idea!

  • dana @ my little celebration
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    Ooh, good idea on the bagel! I’ll have to try that sometime.

    I’d have to say if it were between pancakes, waffles, and french toast, I’d go with pancakes EVERY time. They’re my absolute favorite!

  • Lisa
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    I love love love love french toast. It’s my all-time favorite breakfast food!

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
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    How yummy using bagel’s! MMMMMM!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In
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    Hmm that’s tough, but I think I’d go with a big buttermilk pancake!

  • Kelly
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    I do that all the time…make a recipe up as I go a long and then have to estimate what I did so it could be recreated. Non-exact cooking is my favorite kind! 🙂

  • Katie
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    Bagel french toast! How genius! I love this idea.

    I think waffles are my favorites, but really I love all three options sooo much. You can’t go wrong with bready brunch food. 🙂

  • Cailin @ Stir Crazy
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    French toast… hands down! I made a similar recipe with orange zest recently and it was sooo good. I bet yours was delicious with the bagel.

  • Rachel Wilkerson
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    At first I was SO confused when I saw “everything bagel French toast” — I had no idea what to expect! But now…this is awesome. I love bagels and am a big fan of French toast…this is great!!

    • Teri
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      hahahhaa….eeewwww! How sick would that be???

  • BroccoliHut
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    LOVE this! Such a creative use of bagels:)
    If I had to choose, I would pick pancakes due to their more “forgiving” nature–don’t have to worry about them sticking to the waffle iron!

  • Kristi
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    I definitely love french toast over anything else. Your bagel french toast looks great.

  • Pure2raw twins
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    What a great idea! I was in Panera yesterday, using the internet, and I told Lori that it makes me miss bagels when I go there. Now after seeing this I really miss them, haha, looks wonderful!

    ~Michelle

  • jeana
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    Um…Heaven! Thanks for the tastiest treat EVER!

  • Katie (Just Roll With It)
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    Yum, would have never thought to make french toast with bagels. I’m a pancake girl all the way….especially love oatmeal pancakes with vanilla yogurt and pear!

  • Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner
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    Yummers!!! French toast all the way girl!! I want to eat it right off the screen!

  • Patty Mikhail
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    I’m finding this recipe a little later than all the rest, but I was trying to find a bagel french toast casserole recipe last night to use up some blueberries when I saw this post. Orange is one of my husband’s favorite flavors and for the past several months I’ve been wanting orange coffee. I never thought to use the peel. I just keep looking at every coffee shop hoping that they 1. have orange and 2. have it in sugar free (because I’m diabetic). We had the coffee last night and again this morning with the french toast. It was SO good!

    • Teri
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      This comment made my day!! I’m so glad you enjoyed both and especially that the coffee worked for you as a diabetic! Thanks for letting me know!