Challah French Toast
Rich and light french toast perfect for breakfast or brunch
Recipe type: Breakfast
  • 1 cup whole milk or half-and-half
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons honey, warmed slightly in the microwave to make it easier to mix in with the eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon orange-flavored liqueur (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3-4 Tablespoons butter
  • 2-3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  1. Cut 6-8½ inch thick slices of challah or your favorite loaf bread.
  2. In a pie plate or wide-mouthed mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add the milk or half-and-half. Beat together again.
  3. Add the orange liqueur (if using), cinnamon, honey, and orange zest. Whisk all together to make the finished custard.
  4. Two pieces at a time, soak the bread into the custard. Flip the bread slices over, so both sides are covered - about 30 seconds each side. Put the bread slices on a cooling rack which is placed over a baking sheet - to catch the drips.
  5. In a 12 inch skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 Tablespoons of butter with 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil. When hot and melted, add three slices of bread. Brown 2-3 minutes per side. Remove to a cooling rack over a sheet pan and into a warm oven. Repeat until all the slices have been cooked.
  6. Serve with your favorite french toast toppings: powdered sugar, apples sauteed in butter with sugar and cinnamon, butter and maple syrup, or whipped cream and fresh fruit.
In place of the orange liqueur, you could use 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Recipe by At Mimi's Table at