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Macadamia Nut French Toast

Buttery macadamia nuts mingle with a sprinkling of powdered sugar in this dreamy make-ahead French toast.

4 large eggs, lightly beaten
cup sugar
teaspoon ground nutmeg
2/3 cup orange juice
cup milk
teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (16-ounce) loaf Italian bread, cut into 1 inch slices
2/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
cup macadamia nuts, chopped and toasted
Garnishes: powdered sugar, ground nutmeg

Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl, stirring well.
Arrange bread slices in a single layer in a lightly greased 13-x 9- 2-inch baking dish. Pour egg mixture over bread slices; cover and chill at least 8 hours, turning bread once.

Pour butter into a 15-x 10- x1-inch jellyroll pan; place bread slices in a single layer in pan.

Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes; sprinkle with nuts. Bake 10 additional minutes. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately. Yield 6 servings.

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