Buy French Bread and slice it one inch thick (you may use San Francisco French Bread which comes sliced one inch thick and is covered with sesame seeds).Spray large glass baking dish with cooking spray and place as many slices of French bread flat in the bottom as you can fit in. You may use more than one dish and cook both or save one dish in the freezer for another morning.Mix together:
1.5 cups half and half (you can use milk, but half and half is richer!)
1.5 cups orange juice
1/4 or a little more sugar
1 t. cinnamon
2 T. or more Grand Marnier or orange flavored liquor
Pour mixture over sliced bread and allow to soak on both sides by flipping bread.Sprinkle over the top Sliced almonds or crunched macadamia nuts freshly grated nutmeg.Let sit overnight in the fridge.Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until bread rises like a souffle and springs up when touched in the center or until tooth pick comes up clean when inserted.Serve with lemon wedges and powdered sugar. Sprinkle powdered sugar liberally over top of French Toast and squeeze lemon over powdered sugar. Can also be served with raspberry sauce (frozen raspberries boiled with sugar and strained) or maple syrup.