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Challah French Toast

Challah French toast, made with sweet challah bread, is cooked in a batter of heavy cream, cinnamon, vanilla, and orange extract!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time27 minutes
Course: breakfasts
Cuisine: Jewish
Servings: 4
Author: Kevin




  • Prepare a baking tray with a wire rack and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl add the eggs, cream, vanilla and orange extract, cinnamon and salt. Whisk together or use an immersion blender to process until smooth.
  • Pour half of the custard mixture in a 9x13" pan. Arrange as many pieces of challah bread you can in a single layer and pour remaining custard over. Soak for 2 minutes and flip bread. Soak another 2 minutes and place on wire rack tray. Repeat with remaining bread if any.
  • Working in batches, melt 2 tablespoons butter in large skillet over medium heat until bubbling. Add 4 pieces of soaked challah and brown for 3-4 minutes. Flip and brown the other side. Remove from skillet, place on wire rack tray and keep warm in oven. Repeat with remaining butter and soaked challah.
  • Serve warm with butter, maple syrup and fresh mixed berries and whipped cream (optional).


  1. Either use 8 large slices of day-old challah bread (1-inch thick), or toast the challah in a 300°F oven for 10 minutes or toaster to assist in drying to better absorb custard. Cut in half if large before soaking (as pictured).
  2. You can also use Half and Half or whole milk.
  3. You can substitute 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest.


Calories: 835kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 435mg | Sodium: 786mg | Potassium: 316mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2263IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 208mg | Iron: 5mg