¼ cup sour cream or plain yogurt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons honey (preferably orange blossom honey)
2 large eggs
1 ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 loaf French, Challah, or Italian bread, 2 to 3 days old (the harder and crustier the better), sliced ½ inch thick unsalted butter for frying
In a small bowl, whisk the sour cream or yogurt with the cinnamon and honey. Add the eggs and beat until smooth. Gradually beat in the orange juice and continue to whisk until well combined and frothy. Dip the bread slices into the mixture a few at a time, soaking them thoroughly, but not so much that they fall apart. Melt about 3 to 4 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat and sauté the slices until golden brown on each side. Do not crowd the slices in the pan. Add more butter as needed. Serve immediately or hold briefly in a warm oven until all slices are done. Serve with Orange-Maple Syrup (recipe follows) or honey.
1 cup maple syrup
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the ingredients, stirring often until heated.