Planning an organic Mother’s Day brunch (or breakfast in bed) is a splendid way to honor motherhood. Show her that you’ve put some thought into making her day special, and that you value her health. Most items for this healthy recipe can be found at organic food markets, but don’t sweat it if you can’t find all organic ingredients – moms know it’s the thought that counts!
8 inch-thick slices of high-quality, organic, multigrain bread
2 cups freshly squeezed organic orange juice
¼ cup sugar
3 Tbl. freshly grated orange zest
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbl. Grand Marnier
1/2 cup half and half
3 Tbl. unsalted butter (optional)
2 Tbl. orange marmalade
1 Tbl. Grand Marnier
Real maple syrup
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, orange juice, zest, sugar, vanilla, Grand Marnier, and a pinch of salt. Place the bread slices in a 13×9×2-inch baking dish and pour the whisked mixture over the bread, turning after a half hour to coat both sides. Chill in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, preheat the oven to 400°F. Coat a large baking sheet with butter and arrange the bread slices on it, leaving a couple of inches between slices. Bake for five minutes on a middle rack, then rotate the pan and bake five more minutes. With a spatula, turn the slices over and bake five more minutes, then rotate the sheet and bake five more minutes.
While the bread is baking, make the sauce in a saucepan by cooking the butter, marmalade, and Grand Marnier over low heat until the butter melts and all is incorporated smoothly. Place two slices of the French toast on each. Garnish with organic strawberries or other fruit.