The Arizona Biltmore Hotel’s Orange French Toast

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Recipe: #39082

July 09, 2022

Categories: French Toast

"The Arizona Biltmore Hotel’s Mascarpone-stuffed French Toast with Orange Compote you will need 36 slices white bread, enough for 18 sandwiches. You are supposed to serve 2 or 3 sandwiches each but I'm serving individual for count"

Original is 18 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (243.6 g)
  • Calories 399.2
  • Total Fat - 14 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 305.4 mg
  • Sodium - 444.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 50.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.5 g
  • Sugars - 22.4 g
  • Protein - 17.8 g
  • Calcium - 290.2 mg
  • Iron - 3.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 35.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1


Step 2

Drain the canned mandarin oranges

Step 3

Reserving the juice

Step 4

You should have 1 1/2 cups reserved juice (if you are short, make up the difference with additional orange juice).

Step 5

In a large, heavy-bottom saucepan

Step 6

Combine the canned oranges, reserved mandarin juice, 2 1/2 cups orange juice, ginger and sugar over high heat.

Step 7

Bring the mixture to a strong simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until the compote is reduced to sauce consistency, about 40 minutes.

Step 8

As the compote reduces, the color will deepen to a rich apricot shade.

Step 9

When the compote is almost reduced, in a small bowl combine the remaining one-fourth cup orange juice with the cornstarch, whisking to thoroughly combine and form a slurry.

Step 10

Add the slurry into the reduced compote, stirring until the compote thickens, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Step 11


Step 12

Cut the bread: Use a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter to cut through the center of each slice to form a round.

Step 13

Spread 1 tablespoon mascarpone over each of half of the rounds, then cover with a remaining round of bread.

Step 14

Repeat, forming 18 sandwiches.

Step 15

In a large bowl

Step 16

Whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon and sugar to form a batter.

Step 17

Heat a large flat skillet over medium heat.

Step 18

Add 1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil to the pan (enough to form a thin film), heating until the oil is hot.

Step 19

Dunk a sandwich quickly into the batter, coating on all sides.

Step 20

Place the sandwich in the skillet and fry until golden and crisp on both sides, about 1 minute per side.

Step 21

Repeat with the remaining sandwiches until all are fried, holding the fried sandwiches in a warm place.

Step 22

To serve

Step 23

Place warm sandwiches on each plate, topping with a spoonful of compote.


  • 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting mandarin oranges, look for ones that are packed in juice, not syrup.
  • For best results, use fresh ginger when making the compote.

  • Substitute almond milk for cow's milk to make the recipe vegan. The benefit of this substitution is that it increases the recipe's accessibility for those who follow a vegan diet.
  • Substitute coconut sugar for cane sugar to make the recipe lower in glycemic index. The benefit of this substitution is that it makes the recipe more suitable for those with diabetes or those looking to regulate their blood sugar levels.

Banana-Cinnamon French Toast Replace the mascarpone cheese with banana slices and the cinnamon with nutmeg. Beat the eggs, milk, nutmeg and sugar together to form a batter. Dunk the sandwiches quickly into the batter, coating on all sides. Place the sandwich in the skillet and fry until golden and crisp on both sides, about 1 minute per side. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Fresh Fruit Salad - This fresh fruit salad is the perfect accompaniment to the Arizona Biltmore Hotel's Orange French Toast. The sweetness of the fruit will balance out the richness of the French Toast and the compote, making it a delicious and healthy side dish.

Maple Bacon Wrapped Asparagus: This savory side dish is the perfect complement to the sweet Orange French Toast. The salty bacon and the crunchy asparagus will provide a great contrast to the sweetness of the French Toast and the compote. Plus, the addition of maple syrup will add a hint of sweetness to the dish.


Q: How much mascarpone cheese is needed for this recipe?

A: 10 ounces of mascarpone cheese, or 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons, is needed for this recipe.

Q: What other ingredients are needed for this recipe?

A: Other ingredients needed for this recipe include 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons of heavy cream, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

1 Reviews


I’ve always been intrigued by old hotels from that time of ‘fancy’ rich opulence, so you know I just had to try this recipe. I could picture those Victorian folks eating this luxurious French Toast, even if it was or wasn’t on the menu back then. I’m so happy I made it - it’s elevated, fragrant and sinfully good. I did use larger size cutters than the recipe states. You’ll impress anyone with this item which is good enough to serve on a regular old day but most appropriate for a special breakfast. We had it as breakfast for dinner and the fam was all smiley smiles. Some of us had it with the orange sauce and others preferred theirs with maple syrup. I liked it both ways. Thanks so much, Dee, for sharing.


review by:
(20 Oct 2023)

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Fun facts:

The Arizona Biltmore Hotel's Orange French Toast was a favorite of Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect who designed the hotel in 1929. He was known to enjoy the dish during his visits to the hotel.

The Arizona Biltmore Hotel was a popular destination for Hollywood stars in the 1940s and 1950s, with guests such as Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Bing Crosby. The hotel's Orange French Toast was a favorite of the stars, and is still served today.