Orange-Pistachio French Toast Casserole

published May 10, 2024
Orange-Pistachio French Toast Casserole Recipe

Orange, pistachios, and dates elevate this make-ahead breakfast into an extra special casserole.

Serves12

Prep20 minutes

Cook43 minutes

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The Feel Good Foodie Yumna Jawad Orange Pistachio French Toast Casserole
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When I was growing up, my mom had a popular phrase she’d say in Arabic when she liked something, and it loosely translates to “just like pistachios.” She would say this about all kinds of dishes — rice pilaf, oatmeal, or even a cheese pie. It meant that it was something unique, rich, and delicious. Pistachios are expensive to buy and tedious to shell, but they add such a beautiful pop of color and crunch that can make any dish special. So of course, when I started creating my own recipes, I literally found myself adding pistachios to everything from Mediterranean salads to ricotta stuffed ravioli to this orange-pistachio French toast casserole. They make everything more extraordinary, and I can just hear my mom saying “just like pistachios!”

I can’t think of a better make-ahead brunch than this citrusy, just-sweet-enough baked French toast casserole. Studded with dates, pistachios, and an easy orange-scented custard (made right in the blender), it’s the best dish for pleasing a hungry crowd with minimal effort. If you’d like, you can prepare this baked French toast through step three the night before and store it tightly covered in the fridge overnight. Then carry on from step four and bake it in the morning while you enjoy your coffee. This is a great option for entertaining or if you have overnight guests!

Orange-Pistachio French Toast Casserole Recipe

Orange, pistachios, and dates elevate this make-ahead breakfast into an extra special casserole.

Prep time 20 minutes

Cook time 43 minutes

Serves 12

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • Olive oil cooking spray

  • 8

    large eggs

  • 1 1/4 cups

    almond milk

  • 3/4 cup

    orange juice

  • 1 tablespoon

    freshly grated orange zest

  • 1 teaspoon

    vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    salt

  • 1

    large loaf of French or Italian bread, cut into ½-inch slices

  • 1 1/2 cups

    pitted chopped Medjool dates, divided

  • Maple syrup, for serving

  • 1`/4 cups

    finely chopped pistachios, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 × 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. To a blender, add the eggs, milk, orange juice and zest, vanilla, nutmeg, and salt. Blend on high speed until smooth.

  3. Arrange the bread in the prepared baking dish. Scatter most of the dates evenly over the bread and then pour the egg mixture over the bread and dates, making sure the bread is coated well with the custard.

  4. Bake the casserole until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean with a few moist crumbs attached, 40 to 45 minutes.

  5. Drizzle the casserole with the maple syrup right when it comes out of the oven and sprinkle the remaining dates and pistachios on top. Allow the casserole to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Recipe Notes

Excerpted from THE FEEL GOOD FOODIE COOKBOOK by Yumna Jawad. Copyright © 2024 by Yumna Jawad. Used by permission of Rodale Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.