A Year of Holidays: Orange Smoothie & Coconut-Ginger Baked French Toast

A review of Coconut-Ginger Baked French Toast and Orange Smoothie from The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays cookbook.

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Coconut-Ginger Baked French Toast

Well, we’ve officially made it through 2020 and into 2021!

This recipe is started the night before and left to sit overnight, so the next morning all you have to do is pop it in the oven!

The Pioneer Woman does not seem to have it on her website, but someone else did post the recipe here.

The bread is torn up first, and then the rest of the ingredients for the french toast are mixed together and poured over the bread.

For the topping, the butter is cut into the flour, brown sugar, ground ginger and salt. Then the candied ginger and coconut flakes are mixed in before sprinkling the topping all over the dish.

This is all covered and left in the fridge overnight before baking the next morning. Some remaining cream of coconut is drizzled on top, and the french toast is served with butter, syrup, and more cream of coconut!

Taste: 9/10

The flavor combo is absolutely delicious, and the topping was perfect! I particularly liked the candied ginger addition. The only thing I didn’t love was the softness of the bread, but that seems to be typical of overnight baked french toast and this one actually didn’t seem quite as soft as others.

Difficulty: Easy

While this does take a little time to prep, the recipe is quite simple. Once the bread is torn, all you need to do is mix ingredients together and pour over the bread. And of course bake it in the morning!

Cost: Average / Expensive

There are a lot of ingredients for this one. Most are pretty common and probably in your pantry / fridge already (butter, milk, eggs, sugar, flour, etc.) but you’ll probably need to purchase the loaf of bread, cream of coconut, coconut extract, unsweetened coconut flakes (not shredded), and candied ginger.

Orange Smoothie

We had this delicious orange smoothie alongside the tropical french toast! The recipe can be found here.

All you have to do is toss the ingredients into a blender and blend!

Taste: 8/10

This was very good! You can slightly taste the carrot, but the flavors all blend together really nicely.

Difficulty: Easy

The most I had to do was cut up the pineapple chunks and measure out the ingredients.

Cost: Cheap

You’ll need Greek yogurt, frozen mango, frozen peach, pineapple, carrots (baby or regular), a banana, honey, and orange juice. It’s a lot of ingredients, but it also makes a lot! I actually cut the recipe in half since it was just for my husband and I, but we have leftover ingredients to make another batch tomorrow.

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