I’m usually a follow-the-recipe kind of girl. But sometimes that is not an option and a new adventure begins! My latest cooking experiment involved a temptilicious loaf of challah bought for us by some friends while we were visiting a local market on a double date a few Saturdays ago.
Our friends recommended making french toast with it and I thought that sounded amazing! However, french toast has not been a frequent visitor at our house (although I had it a lot growing up) and I didn’t have a regular recipe that I used. And, of course, this had to be MIND BLOWING french toast. Not just the normal kind. We were working with such a fabulous foundation of a loaf, after all. So the recipe had to be something special!
After trolling the internet for a while (or until I got overwhelming hungry), I finally decided to just wing it and combine some suggestions I saw with what happened to be in my kitchen at the moment. Trail-blazing, here we come!
Yes, I forgot to include the cinnamon and nutmeg in the photo. Which is probably for the best anyway, since my nutmeg jar didn’t survive our move well and is held together with clear packaging tape. Yum. To make this photo even less accurate, I also didn’t end up using any of the heavy whipping cream. So apparently this picture is more for decoration than accurate cooking information.
I used at least 2/3 of the 1lb 8oz loaf (we also ate almost the whole french toast batch in one sitting, but that’s besides the point) and cut it into 1/2 inch slices.
The dipping mixture included 5 eggs, 1 cup whole milk, a dash of almond extract, a kerplop of vanilla extract (think larger than a dash, but less than a 1/4 cup), a tablespoon or so of cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg, and the zest of one orange. All it took was a minute or so of whisking!
The cooking process was fairly standard: dip bread in egg mixture, fry in buttered pan for a few minutes on each side on medium heat, and DEVOUR. At least that’s what we did. With the help of some maple syrup.
The good news is that the challah french toast was a huge success. The bad news is that all other french toast is now worthless to me.
What is your favorite way to make french toast?
- Loaf of challah bread
- 5 eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 1 TB vanilla extract
- 1 TB cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- zest of one orange
- 1 TB butter
- optional: maple syrup
- Cut bread into 1" slices.
- Combine rest of ingredients, except butter, in large shallow bowl and whisk.
- Dip each slice of bread in egg mixture.
- Cook in buttered frying pan on medium heat for a few minutes on each side till browned.
- Serve warm with maple syrup.