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Grand Marnier French Toast

    4 large eggs
    3/4 cup half and half
    1/4 cup Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1 tablespoon grated orange peel
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    8 3/4-inch-thick French bread slices
    4 tablespoons(1/2 stick) butter
    Powdered sugar
    Warm maple syrup

  Whisk first 6 ingredients to blend in medium bowl. Dip each bread
 slice into egg mixture and arrange in 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish.
 Pour remaining egg mixture evenly over bread. Let stand until egg
 mixture is absorbed, at least 20 minutes.

  Place baking sheet in oven and preheat to 350F. Melt 2 tablespoons
 butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add 4 bread slices
 to skillet and saute until cooked through and brown, about 3 minutes
 per side. Place on baking sheet in oven to keep warm. Repeat cooking
 with remaining 2 tablespoons butter and 4 bread slices. Transfer
 French toast to 4 plates. Sift powdered sugar over. Serve with maple
 syrup and Canadian bacon on the side.