Challah French Toast

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Sweet bread coated in a cinnamon seasoned egg mixture is cooked to perfection on the stovetop! Challah French Toast is a tasty and classy way to start off your day! 

challah french toast with syrup on a round plate with juice to the side.
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French toast is a dish that everyone seems to love, but always forgets to cook. This French toast made with challah bread takes an already beloved breakfast food up a notch and leaves you with the best French toast you will ever have! You can cook this toast up for breakfast any day of the week, or when hosting a brunch party.

Serve this French toast with a drizzle of maple syrup to compliment the simplicity of the dish. The soft and fluffy texture of the bread will absorb the sweet maple syrup making each bite a delight! You can never go wrong with French toast and since this recipe takes less than 30 minutes, you’ll find yourself coming back to it again and again.

a forkful of challah french toast ready to be eaten.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Elevates your typical breakfast or brunch with a classy dish. 
  • Can be customized with any sweet topping or eaten by itself.
  • Has a soft and fluffy texture, with a slightly crisp outside. 
  • Easy to add a side of bacon cooked in the oven or this easy hash brown breakfast casserole for a savory contrast

What is Challah bread?

Challah is a traditional egg bread that has origins tracing back to the 15th century in Central and Eastern Europe. This bread is very light and airy, and is typically braided before being baked. The taste is slightly sweet, which makes it a perfect base for French toast!

This bread can usually be found in a large loaf in the bakery section of your local grocery store. If you can’t find challah, then brioche makes a great substitute due to their similarities in texture. 

Recipe Ingredients

raw ingredients to make challah french toast.
  • Challah BreadSliced. This bread gives you the most fluffy French toast!
  • Eggs—To act as a binding ingredient and create a slightly crispy coating. 
  • Whole Milk—To soften the bread and keep it moist. 
  • Ground Cinnamon—For a warm and rich flavor! You can also use nutmeg and cloves.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How to Make Challah French Toast 

raw ingredients to make challah french toast.
pan cooking two pieces of challah french toast.

Step #1. Slice your bread. Set aside. Whisk together the eggs, milk, and cinnamon in a small shallow dish. 

Step #2. Heat a pan and lightly coat it with butter or nonstick cooling spray. Once the pan is heated, dip each side of your bread in the egg mixture and cook the French toast for about 2 minutes per side, until golden brown. 

Recipe FAQs

Are there other ways to cook French toast other than the stove top?

Sure thing! In addition to using the stove top, you can cook your French toast in the oven or in an airfryer. For both of these methods, you will still need to flip them about halfway through and each side will cook for 5-7 minutes. Cooking French toast on the stove top is the most traditional way, and possibly the quickest, but if you are wanting to cook large batches at a time, one of these ways might work better for you!

What causes French toast to be soggy?

Your French toast can become soggy if the slices are too thin, and if you are soaking them in the egg mixture for too long. While cutting the challah bread, try to make the slices about 1-1 ½ inches thick. This will allow you to soak the bread for 2-3 minutes, ensuring that the mixture seeps all the way through the bread without making it soggy.

What toppings go best with Challah French toast?

Some toppings that you can serve with this French toast include maple syrup, a sprinkle of powdered sugar, chopped walnuts, whipped cream, or any fresh fruit! Diced pears, apples, strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries are all great options. The flavor of Challah French toast is rich with the cinnamon, egg, and milk mixture so it does well with minimal toppings if you want to stick with just syrup, but feel free to add as many toppings as you like!  

stack of four pieces of challah french toast on a plate with syrup dripped on top.

How to Store Challah French Toast

Any leftover Challah French toast can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Transfer your French toast to an airtight container or Ziploc bag. You can reheat a slice of French toast in the microwave for 35 seconds, or 45 seconds for 2 slices.

Expert Tips

  • If you don’t have whole milk, feel free to use whatever milk you do have. You can also use your favorite dairy free alternative. 
  • Other warm spices you can use to add extra flavor to your French toast are pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and cloves
  • Use tongs to dip the bread into the egg mixture to make it easy and mess free! 
  • You will want to see light browning around the edges of your toast before you flip it. This is a sign that the egg mixture is fully cooked.
  • Keep an eye on the temperature of your pan. If it gets too hot, it will cook the French toast unevenly. You will want to keep it at a medium-high heat.  

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stack of challah french toast with syrup on top.
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Challah French Toast

Challah French Toast, dipped in cinnamon-seasoned egg and cooked to perfection, offers a delicious, elegant start to your day!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 loaf of challah bread, sliced
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions 

  • Slice your bread if you haven’t already. Set the bread aside.
  • Whisk together the eggs, milk, and cinnamon in a small shallow dish.
  • Heat a pan over medium-high heat and lightly coat it with butter or nonstick cooling spray.
  • Once the pan has had a minute to heat up, dip each side of your bread in the egg mixture and then cook the French toast for about 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Challah bread can usually be found in a large loaf in the bakery section of your local grocery store. If you can’t find challah bread then brioche makes a great substitute due to their similarities in texture.
  • Serve your French toast plain or top it with whipped cream, syrup, fresh fruit, etc.
  • Other warm spices you can use include pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and cloves.
  • If you don’t have whole milk then feel free to use whatever milk you do have. You can also use your favorite dairy free alternative.
  • You can store your leftover French toast in the fridge for up to 5 days. Transfer your
  • French toast to an airtight container or Ziploc bag.
  • Reheat your French toast in the microwave for 35-45 seconds (for 2 slices).

Nutrition

Calories: 83kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.02g, Cholesterol: 167mg, Sodium: 75mg, Potassium: 109mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 289IU, Vitamin C: 0.02mg, Calcium: 67mg, Iron: 1mg
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