Foodie Friday: Challah If You Love French Toast!

In my house, there is only one way to make french toast. With Challah bread.

Challah bread is a traditional Jewish bread that is usually served on Shabbat. You can usually find this type of bread in the bakery section of most major grocery stores, however they may call it “braided egg bread.” I don’t usually buy Challah at the grocery store since I have a few local bakeries that bake delicious Challah bread. Check in with your local bakery before heading to the grocery store. It makes a big difference.

If I’m planning on preparing my Challah french toast on a Sunday morning, I buy the bread on Friday. It’s best to to use 1-2 day old bread for this recipe. Just keep in mind that if you’re buying Challah bread on Shabbat, you may want to call ahead to order in advance.


  • One loaf of Challah Bread (10-12 slices)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk. I use low-fat, skim, or light soy milk.
  • 4 tablespoons of honey
  • 4 tablespoons of orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher/sea salt
  • Cinnamon, optional
  • 4 tablespoons of butter for grilling purposes only

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Make sure to have a 10-inch non-stick pan and a cooling rack over a baking sheet ready.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine the eggs, milk, honey, orange juice, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl and whisk well. Dip a slice of bread in the mixture and coat well on each side. Allow the bread to soak for about 30 seconds and then place the battered slice of bread on the cooling rack. Once all the bread slices have been coated, start heating up the griddle pan.

Over a medium-high heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the pan. Place up to three bread slices in the pan but just make sure they can all fit. Cook each slice until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes for each side. Remove from pan and place back on the cooling rack. Once all the slices have been cooked and placed back on the cooling rack, put the baking pan in the oven for about 8-10 minutes. Serve with REAL maple syrup and fresh fruit. I like my french toast with either mixed berries and/or slices of banana.

Bon Appétit


Edited on 6/29/10 to add: Rachel from Peanut Couture informed me about a great recipe she has for a baked challah french toast casserole and I asked her for the recipe. See below in the comments section for the recipe. I haven’t tried it out yet, but doesn’t it sound delicious?