French Toast With A Cranberry Orange Pecan Syrup Camp Recipe

One of my favorite flavor combinations is orange and cranberry … it is fresh, fragrant, sweet and slightly tart. One problem with using fresh cranberries is their seasonality so in order to quench the craving year-round, I use dried cranberries in my French Toast With A Cranberry Orange Pecan Syrup Camp Recipe. It’s the perfect camp breakfast, IMHO. 🙂 Here’s how you make it, serves 4. 

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French Toast With A Cranberry Orange Pecan Syrup Camp Recipe

Toast the nuts

In a small dry (no oil necessary) saucepan, toast nuts over medium heat, then remove from heat, add remaining ingredients to build the syrup

  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted

Camp cooking tip: Don’t burn the nuts! Toasting nuts brings out the flavors but they can burn quickly. Use your nose to test for doneness.  When the aroma from the pan smells like nuts, they are done … NOW.  Get them off the heat because they can go from done to burnt faster than Superman leaps over tall buildings.

Make the syrup

In the saucepan, add these ingredients to the toasted nuts and return to medium heat, stirring till sugar is dissolved and syrup is combined:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 orange, zest and juice of it. Make sure you only zest the outer skin of the orange because the white part is bitter and yucky 😉
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Remove from heat to thicken a bit while you make the French toast.

Combine the egg mixture

In a flat-bottomed bowl or pan, combine these ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Make the French toast

Heat the griddle to medium high heat and brush with light coating of vegetable oil

  • About 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 slices Texas toast style bread (if you are using regular sandwich loaf thickness, do 8 slices)

Dip the bread into the egg mixture and place on griddle. Cook on one side till done and flip to cook other side.

Serve it

Spoon the syrup over the French toast and enjoy!

If you like this recipe, you’ll also like this Campfire French Toast that is also made with Texas toast. It tastes AMAZING because you cook egg-dipped bread slices in butter on a cast iron griddle right over your campfire. The buttery taste and slightly crispy texture are topped off with fresh strawberries and real maple syrup.

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Camp cooking tip: Get crazy with flavor by adding small but unusual camp cooking tools to your kitchen set.  The zest and juice of citrus adds a punch of flavor and aroma that is incomparable. Citrus squeezers and zesters are small, lightweight and easy to add to your camp kitchen utensil set.  I call them my magic wands for creating flavor explosions!

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My first camp trip started in a business suit and ended with me cooking a campfire breakfast in my pajamas!

As seasoned campers, my sister and brother-in-law noticed I was becoming more stressed by a hectic city life and invited me camping so I could rest and unwind.  They thought I lost it when I arrived at the campsite in my high heels and office attire and quickly rushed me into the tent for a change of clothes.  They decided I just “didn’t get it” when rest and relaxation was on the agenda.  Truth be told, I was late leaving work and was nervous about driving to a campsite I had never been to before so I didn’t want to waste a minute of daylight as I was traveling alone to a place in the wilderness.  They were happy to proclaim me “A Natural” by the end of the weekend when I was blissfully creating a yummy breakfast over the campfire in my PJs.

The progression of a foodie camper

Since that first trip, I have created tons of camp menus including breakfast items cooked over coals, on grills, with stovetops, in Dutch ovens and in RV ovens.

The TV Episode

I did this recipe on an episode of Great Food Good Neighbors TV Show. You can see it here!

We filmed this episode at a campsite in the Cave Creek Regional Park.

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I made this recipe on a recent episode of Great Food Good Neighbors (GFGN) TV show. Watch the entire show here.

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  1. Thanks for sharing, this looks delicious! I will definitely cook this up next time we go camping 🙂
    Thanks for the additional tips too. Especially the one about prepping coffee the night before! It is always a battle to figure out who’s turn it is to get up out of our cozy sleeping bag and take on the cold to get the coffee brewing lol.

    1. Kim Hanna says:

      Hi Melisa! Thanks for checking out my video; I’d love to hear about your favorite camp recipes too! I forgot to mention that my other camp coffee tip is that we load TWO pots the night before because our crowd gets a little cranky when they don’t get their java first thing in the morning. 😉 Happy camping!