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March 19, 2024
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An Easy Orange Cinnamon Toast With Honey And Tantalizing Toast Recipes

Forget the ordinary. Ditch the dull. Take the humble breakfast classic cinnamon toast on a sunshine-filled adventure through California with this Orange Cinnamon Toast with Honey. It’s the perfect way to brighten any day, and this recipe is so easy that even the busiest mornings can’t stop you from enjoying a taste of the Golden State.

California Honey: Where the Buzz Meets the Golden State

Did you know California is a honey-making powerhouse? Every year, over half of all commercial beehives in the US buzz on over to California for the largest pollination party on Earth!

A small glass dish of honey next to a plate of sliced oranges,

A million beehives strong, these busy bees get to work pollinating the vast almond orchards in the Central Valley. And let’s not forget the delicious honey they produce along the way – a true testament to the wonders of CA GROWN agriculture!

Interested in learning more about honey from California? Check out the article below.

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11 Recipes That Really Showcase How To Use Honey

Do you have jars of honey in your pantry, but you aren’t really sure how to use them in recipes? We’ve covered 4 varieties of honey from California that you should be keeping your eyes peeled for, along with 11 recipes that really showcase how to use honey in your kitchen! 

Click here to learn more about cooking with honey.

A Toasty Tale: From Humble Beginnings to Golden Glory

While the exact origin story of cinnamon toast remains a delicious mystery, some food historians believe it can be traced back to ancient Rome. Emperors may have enjoyed their buttery bread with a sprinkle of this exotic spice! Fast forward to the Middle Ages, and cinnamon toast became a breakfast favorite in Europe. Think of it as the medieval version of pastries – a luxurious treat for the time.

The magic of cinnamon toast eventually landed on American shores in the early 20th century, becoming a staple for families on the go. Why? Because it’s the epitome of a simple breakfast – bread slices, butter, and cinnamon. Easy, affordable, and oh-so-satisfying!

Looking for more delicious cinnamon and honey-laced toast recipes? Here are a few recipes to try next.

Ricotta Toast with Warmed Peaches, Honey, and Walnuts

Consider this recipe a rough guideline for making a decadent, seasonal toast that pairs ripe fruit with creamy ricotta. Slicing the bread thick and toasting it in a pan gives it a crunchy outer layer with a tender crumb in the center, and softening the fruit in butter helps to intensify its flavor. Try it with other stone fruit or berries!

Click here for this toast recipe.
Summer Retail: Ricotta Toast with Warmed Peaches, Honey, and Walnuts recipe - optional addition of blueberries Summer Retail: Ricotta Toast with Warmed Peaches, Honey, and Walnuts recipe - optional addition of blueberries
Blueberry Brie Walnut Toast

Blueberry Brie Walnut Toast

Fresh, bursting blueberries take center stage in this hearty and satisfying toast recipe by Becky Sue of Baking the Goods. Thick slabs of toasted sourdough are topped with brie and baked until the cheese is warm and gooey. A mini mountain of blueberries and toasted walnuts crown the bubbly brie. Then it’s all drizzled with a kiss of sweet honey and herby thyme tendrils for a fancy finish.

Click here for this toast recipe.

Cinnamon Toast Brûlée

This recipe for Cinnamon Toast Brûlée from Baking the Goods takes that classic, simple-as-can-be treat to indulgent heights with nothing more than the magic of heat. Toast is topped with butter, sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt, then brûléed until a bubbly, butter candy shell forms. 

Click here for this cinnamon toast recipe.
Cinnamon Toast Brûlée

What’s Special About This Orange Cinnamon Toast With Honey

While most recipes for cinnamon toast call for sprinkling cinnamon and sugar over toasted, buttered bread, we like to take it up a few notches. From the whipped honey cinnamon butter to the beautiful citrus fruit drizzled with honey and sprinkled with pistachios, this cinnamon toast is next-level delicious and hearty too!

Our Secret Cinnamon Toast Weapon: Whipped Honey Cinnamon Butter

This spread takes your toast from basic to intensely delicious, buttery goodness in seconds. It’s a simple concoction of softened butter, California honey, and ground cinnamon whipped together until light and fluffy. Think of it as a magical spread that will transform your toast into a breakfast masterpiece.

What type of bread makes the best cinnamon toast?

Beyond the classic white bread, the beauty of cinnamon toast lies in its versatility. Craving a heartier option? Swap for a slice of our gluten free Walnut Raisin Bread. Feeling adventurous? Try sourdough bread. Its tangy notes complement the sweetness of the Whipped Honey Cinnamon Butter beautifully. Don’t shy away from specialty breads like brioche or challah either – their enriched dough offers a touch of sweetness and a buttery richness that elevates the entire experience. Ultimately, the best bread for your cinnamon toast is the one that best suits your taste and texture preferences.

California Citrus: Sunshine on a Plate

California’s sunshine isn’t just for show – it’s the perfect ingredient for growing juicy citrus fruitsCitrus trees thrive in our state’s warm, dry summers and mild winters. California farmers and farmworkers use sustainable practices to keep these citrus groves happy and healthy, ensuring we get the best possible fruit for our toast creations.

How to slice an orange into perfect slices for toast.

  • First things first, say goodbye to the rind and pith. The rind is the colorful outer part, and the pith is the white layer between the rind and the juicy flesh. The pith is bitter to the taste, so it is best to take your time and make sure you remove all of it. A sharp knife is your friend here.
  • Next, slice the orange into citrus half-moons. Basically, all you need to do for this step is to cut round, thin, uniform slices of citrus, then slice the rounds in half, creating half-moons. This will add a brilliant pop of color and a burst of flavor to your toast.

What to serve with Orange Cinnamon Toast with Honey.

You don’t need much to turn this toast into a meal, but we think a piping hot mug of CA GROWN coffee is an absolute must! Yes! We grow coffee in the Golden State too. Check out the article below to learn more.

Frinj Coffee Pour Over

Coffee from California? Sip happens!

If you’re surprised that coffee grows in California, you’re not alone. We recently met the Good Land Organics team at their picturesque farm just north of Santa Barbara in Goleta, California, to see what the buzz is about. There they grow avocados, a variety of subtropical fruits, finger limes, and of course, coffee.

Click here to learn how coffee is grown in California.

We want to see your cinnamon toast-inspired creations! Snap a pic of your masterpiece, tag us on social media using #CAGrown, and share your toasty love with the world. Craving more CA GROWN goodness? Follow us on Pinterest for fresh and fabulous recipe inspiration!

Close up of a slice of Orange Cinnamon Toast with Honey. Toast is topped with slices of citrus and pistachios.

Orange Cinnamon Toast With Honey

Meg van der Kruik
We're taking breakfast's humble cinnamon toast on a sunshine-filled adventure through California with this Orange Cinnamon Toast with Honey.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 400 kcal


For the honey-cinnamon butter:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 TBSP California honey
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • tsp lemon juice
  • pinch of salt

To assemble the Honey Cinnamon Orange Toast:

  • 1 thick slice of bread, toasted
  • 2 tsp unsalted butter
  • 2 TBSP prepared honey-cinnamon butter
  • 1 large orange, any variety, peeled and cut into wheels or supremes
  • 2 TBSP chopped pistachios
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 sprigs thyme, stems removed
  • flaky sea salt


To make the butter:

  • Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Using a spatula, mix together until fully combined. You can also use a Kitchen Aid with the paddle attachment. Scrape the sides a few times to make sure everything is incorporated.
  • Place the butter in an airtight container and store refrigerated for up to two weeks, or freeze for up to a month.

To assemble the toast:

  • Preheat a medium skillet by placing it on the stove at medium-low heat. Let it warm up for a minute or two.
  • Spread one teaspoon of butter evenly on one side of the bread.
  • Place the bread, buttered side down, onto the preheated skillet, making sure it sits flat.
  • While the bottom side is toasting, spread the remaining butter on the top side of the bread.
  • Keep a close eye on the bread as it toasts. When the bottom side turns golden brown and crispy (about 1-2 minutes), flip it with a spatula or tongs.
  • Allow the second side to toast until it achieves a golden-brown color and a satisfying crunch (another 1-2 minutes).
  • Remove the bread from the skillet.
  • Spread two tablespoons of the prepared honey-cinnamon butter over the top of the toasted bread.
  • Next, evenly spread the orange wheels or supremes over the buttered bread.
  • Garnish with chopped pistachios, thyme leaves, flaky sea salt, and a generous drizzle of honey.


You can toast slices of bread in the toaster or toaster oven instead of on the stovetop if desired.


Calories: 400kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 2gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 53mgPotassium: 137mgFiber: 2gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 888IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 1mg
Keyword baked breakfast, cinnamon toast, easy breakfast recipes, honey, Pistachio, toast
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More Tantalizing Toast Recipes You Should Try Next!

California’s bounty of fresh ingredients makes it a toast-topper’s paradise! Here are a couple of ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Ready to serve Sheet Pan French Toast with Roasted Grapes.

Sheet Pan French Toast with Roasted Grapes

We know how important it is to have a few easy breakfast recipes to keep in your back pocket. Whether you are running late or you just don’t want to cook breakfast but have to, our simple Sheet Pan French Toast with Roasted Grapes takes under 20 minutes. Plus, it tastes like decadent toast and jam.

Click here for this toast recipe.
Cinnamon Raisin Butter Board from Baking the Goods

Cinnamon Raisin Butter Board

This Butter Board recipe from Baking the Goods is the epitome of easy elegance with a creamy dreamy blend of whipped butter, honey, cinnamon, and rosemary, topped with plump raisins and a sprinkle of sea salt flakes. Serve it as a beautiful breakfast or an elegant snacking board.

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Extreme Avocado Toast from No Crumbs Left

Extreme Avocado Toast

Looking for a savory toast recipe to start your day? This Delicious Avocado Toast recipe from our friend Teri Turner of nocrumbsleft is simple, tasty, and loaded with fresh flavor – just like all of her food!

Click here for this toast recipe.

Immune Boost Citrus Breakfast Toast

Looking for a new way to enjoy in-season citrus fruits? This simple and delicious breakfast toast from California Prunes is loaded with antioxidants that can help to improve your immunity!

Click here for this toast recipe.

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