Challah French Toast


Challah has such a unique crumb. The air bubbles it contains are smaller than your average loaf of bread, but it is still so light! It is a delicious treat with a hint of sweetness to its flavor – almost like it’s asking to be used to soak something up. An egg custard mixture, perhaps.

  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp half and half
  • 0.25 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 0.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 0.5 tsp vanilla
  • 0.5 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • a few Tbps. unsalted butter
  • 6 slice of day-old challah

Topping Ideas

  • powdered sugar
  • maple or fruit syrup
  • fresh fruit
  • cinnamon
  1. The night before, it is helpful to slice the challah and lay it out so that as much surface area as possible touches the air, so it dries overnight. If you don’t do this, it is OK to go ahead with the recipe. It just makes for maximum absorption of the custard mixture.
  2. In a shallow-sh bowl, use a fork to whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and half and half. Make sure the eggs are totally broken up and well incorporated into the rest of the mixture.
  3. Heat a large nonstick pan on medium, and melt 1 Tbsp. of butter, making sure to spread the butter over the entire hot surface of the pan.
  4. Select as many challah slices as will fit into your pan without touching (for me it was 3). Dredge each cut side of the slices of bread in the egg mixture, allowing any large amounts of excess to run off.
  5. Lay in the pan and cook on one side until golden brown it will be just a few minutes. Flip and do the same on the other side. Remove to a pan and store in a low oven while you cook the rest of the toast slices.
  6. Serve with fresh fruit, syrup or whipped cream. I recommend a sprinkling of powdered sugar and cinnamon.

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