Who doesn’t love the smell of French Toast cooking in the kitchen?
I have yet to meet a person who dislikes French Toast. Even though this is 100% uncomplicated to make and literally takes minutes to make, I rarely make it. However this time I wanted to give my son (and myself) something different for this morning instead of the usual on the go breakfast.
When you go out to eat and order French toast on the menu most establishments usually make it with brioche bread. I decided to go with challah bread.
Challah bread is an egg bread and typically braided. It is very well known and eaten throughout the Jewish community and known as ‘holiday bread’. It is surrounded by folklore and tradition and loaded with symbolism. I have never eaten or cooked with challah bread however once I laid my eyes on this loaf I knew I wanted to try it! The total for the bread came out to be $3.98 which isn’t bad. Makes plenty of servings for French toast.
Challah French Toast
- 1 large loaf challah bread
- 3 extra large eggs
- 3/4 cup milk (sometimes I use vanilla almond milk)
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons pure honey
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon & nutmeg (optional)
- cooking oil (I used walnut oil)
- powdered sugar
- beer jelly
Cut your challah bread into 3/4 inch thick slices.
In a bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
Soak the slices in the egg mixture. **Before you do start to heat up the oil and butter in a pan on medium heat.
I usually sprinkle a little more cinnamon on each side before it goes in the pan. Add soaked challah bread to pan and cook on each side for about 2 minutes or starts to get golden brown.
I used to be a subscriber to a great company called Hatchery, which ships out monthly tasting boxes full of goodies to their subscribers. In one of my boxes was some Ommegang Abby Ale Beer Jelly – a deep Burgundy color and complex fruit aroma, Abbty Ale Beer Jelly has a layered sweetness ( honey, then caramel, then toffee ) with a hint of licorice and chocolate. I knew this would go amazing with my French toast.
I heated the beer jelly in the microwave until it was a bit warm and drizzled it over the Challah French toast. Now just add some fruit preserves of your liking or any fruit you like. In my case I cooked some blackberries in honey and sugar over the stove. I added sliced almonds and powdered sugar to complete my dish.