Kitchen Table: Orange and Lemon Basil French Toast

Add a new twist to a breakfast favorite with this herbal french toast recipe.

| October/November 1997

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Orange and Lemon Basil French Toast

Jodi Pritchard, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The lemon basil growing on my porch inspired me to develop this recipe. Anise hyssop, mint, or another lemony herb could be substituted.

• 1/2 cup milk
• 1 egg
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
• Juice of 1 orange
• A few scrapings of nutmeg
• Pinch of sugar (optional)
• 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
• 4 slices stale bread
• 1 tablespoon minced lemon basil leaves
• Maple syrup to taste

1. Whisk together the milk, egg, and va­nilla. Add the orange juice, nutmeg, and sugar. 2. In a skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. 3. Dip the bread slices into the milk mixture and sauté on both sides until golden. 4. Sprinkle with lemon basil and serve with warmed maple syrup.

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