In The Kitchen - Breakfast/Brunch
January 6, 2021

Challah French Toast

Delicious French toast made from homemade challah bread and lots of delicious ingredients.

10 min read

I love bread and baking, so scratch made bread quickly become a hobby (maybe obsession) during quarantine. It kept me busy and I found I really enjoyed trying my hand at making my own loafs. One of my favorites so far has been a cinnamon swirl Challah bake. And since I'm also obsessed with a good brunch (I cannot wait to go back to Breadwinners, Ediths, and Snooze) Challah French Toast was soo to follow. My family turned down waffles (which, if you know them, is a thing) for this french toast recipe.

Challah French Toast

8-10 slices
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
30 min

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  • 1 medium sized bowl or pie dish
  • Skillet
  • Spatula


  • 8-10 slices of challah (any day old bread will do, but cinnamon swirl challah or brioche bread put it just over the top)
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup heavy cream (half and half or milk works well, too)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ~ 8 Tablespoons butter


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment and place your sliced bread on it.
  • Whisk together the eggs, cream, sugar, salt, vanilla, and spices and pour into a shallow, wide-mouthed dish like a pie pan.
Challah French Toast in batter and pie tin
  • Take 1 - 2 slices of bread and place them in the egg mixture.  Allow the bread to soak in the mixture for ~ 1 min then  flip the bread over to allow the egg mixture to seep into the other side.  
  • Return the bread slices to the parchment lined baking sheet. (Alternatively, you can put the freshly dipped bread slices directly into a heated skillet while you soak the next slices, but dipping all the slices first and then frying them allows you to toast them in quick succession so all slices remain warm when served.)
Challah French Toast on baking sheet
  • Heat a large skillet on medium heat, then place ~1 teaspoon of butter in the skillet.
  • Toast each side of the bread slice for ~ 2 minutes on each side, until golden, then flip and toast the other side. Add additional butter as needed between toasting.
  • Serve topped with berries, maple syrup, powdered sugar, peanut or apple butter and/or whipped cream!
Challah French Toast with rasberries

Any excuse for brunch, right? But with these luxurious slices of heaven, you won’t need one, so don your best brunch ensemble (or stay comfy in sweats for breakfast in bed) and dive in!  And if you love french toast, check out this recipe for a Strawberries & Cream French Toast Bake or more brunch recipes In the Kitchen.

What are your favorite brunch recipes?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments.


Challah French Toast with blueberries