10 slices crusty Italian bread or other crusty bread
3/4 cup whole or 2% milk
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup amaretto
1 teaspoon vainlla
slice bread into 3/4" thick slices. Put out on a tray at least 1 hour before cooking (or up to 3 hours before)in order to make it a little stale.
Mix milk, orange juice, amaretto, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl (large enough that bread slices can be dipped)
Spread a large plate with sliced almonds. Dip the bread into the liquid mixture quickly - 2-4 seconds - let excess drip off, then press 1 side into almonds. Place on a 375 degree (or hot) griddle , almond side down. Cook about 5 minutes per side, pressing the slices down gently once on each side with a spatula.
Serve with almond side up, sprinkled with nutmeg. (and real maple syrup.)