There is nothing more that I love in life than a perfect, relaxing morning. Last Sunday, I was able to enjoy one of those mornings. A five-mile run, a leisurely trip to the farmer’s market, and French toast.
But not any French toast.
Challah French Toast.
I love French toast. It is delicious, impressive looking, but cooks fairly quickly with no fuss. If you have impromptu sleep-over guests, then French toast is a quick hot breakfast option that allows you to enjoy spending time with your guests (and sleep in a little).
As much as I love sandwich bread French toast, challah bread elevates it to a whole other level. This egg-based bread is commonly sold in the grocery store and can be identified by itself distinctive braided style.
This is the one I picked up at the grocery store… those knobs are French toast perfection!
To make my easy Challah French Toast, grab a couple of eggs. I usually do one egg per person eating French toast… so one egg per two slices of challah bread. Then add a some milk, cinnamon, a touch of nutmeg, and some vanilla…
It seems simple but this mixture will give the french toast great flavor!
Then grab your challah bread.
Place the challah bread into the baking dish with the egg mixture.
Using a fork, pierce the surface of the bread so the egg mixture can completely soak through the bread. Let the bread hang out in the mixture while you heat up your skillet.
My family broke out the big guns and we used our pancake griddle!
To which we added some butter (or you can use non-stick cooking spray).
And then the French toast gets placed onto the griddle.
I usually cook my French toast on medium-low heat. Since the challah bread is cut relatively thickly ( ½ to ¾ inch thick pieces), I want to make sure the middle cooks through before the edges burn. It takes a little longer, but it is totally worth it.
I usually start taking a peek at the bottom of the French toast after 2 minutes.
And flip over when it becomes delightfully golden brown.
To serve, place on a plate, pour on the syrup…
… and dig in!
Challah French Toast
8 slices of challah bread, cut into ½ to ¾ inch thick pieces
½ cup of milk
1½ teaspoons of ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons of good vanilla extract
1. In a bowl, combine eggs, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Pour into a deep-sided dish.
2. Place the slices of challah bread in the egg mixture, piercing both sides of the bread with a fork. Let slices sit in the egg mixture until it’s time to cook.
3. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-low heat. When hot, spread with butter or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
4. Place soaked bread slices on griddle and cook until side is golden brown, about 2-4 minutes. Start checking on the French toast after 2 minutes. Flip the French toast when it is golden brown and cook for an additional 1-4 minutes, until the reverse side is golden brown.
5. Serve immediately with butter, syrup, fruit, or jam.