Challah French Toast

This recipe from Ina Garten proves that not all French Toast is created equal. This is the type of scrumptious breakfast treat that I thought could only be had at a restaurant; so, imagine my surprise when I discovered that I could make it at home. Though, one should wonder why that surprises me when I’ve gone so far as to make past from scratch, but I digress. This recipe creates a fabulous French Toast that crisps on the outside while remaining light and fluffy on the inside. Make is next weekend for your family, my boys love it.


French Toast:

  • 6 extra-large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups Half & Half or Milk
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • ½ tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 large loaf Challah or Brioche bread
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Vegetable Oil

To serve:

  • Pure maple syrup
  • Good raspberry preserves (optional)
  • Sifted confectioners’ sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 250.
  2. In a large shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, orange zest, vanilla, honey, and salt. Slice the challah in 3/4-inch thick slices. Soak as many slices in the egg mixture as possible for 5 minutes, turning once.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil in a very large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the soaked bread and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until nicely browned. Place the cooked French toast on a sheet pan and keep it warm in the oven. Fry the remaining soaked bread slices, adding butter and oil as needed, until it’s all cooked.
  4. Serve hot with maple syrup, raspberry preserves, and/or confectioners’ sugar.

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