I love a meal that requires little work, tastes amazing, and can feed a crowd. That is what we have here with the Baked Challah French Toast. Challah is an egg bread and holds up well in a french toast. I like to use Challah bread in this recipe that is not as fresh as it should be. A drier, older Challah bread holds up better in a baked French toast than a fresh Challah does. So, go ahead and buy some Challah and just leave it on the counter for a few days – how great is that!
The Challah French Toast I made in these pictures was done a while ago. I wanted to test out the recipe before I made it for a crowd. This recipe immediately went on my list of things to make for my friends and for the holidays. I loved the creamy texture of the Challah bread and the sweet flavors of the brown sugar, orange and vanilla. Amazing. I served this dish with warmed Maple Syrup with Grand Marnier. If there is a chance to sneak in some Grand Marnier – I will take it.
This dish can be made with the blueberries pictured or you can try something else such as blackberries. You can use frozen fruit if fresh is not available at this time. I would recommend draining the frozen fruit if you use it. Enjoy the simplicity and great taste of this dish!!
- 1 loaf Challah, very large or 2 small
- 5 eggs
- 1 c. milk
- 1 c. half and half
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 c. brown sugar
- 2 tsp. orange zest
- 2 Tbs. orange juice or Grand Marnier
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 c. blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 c. maple syrup
- 1/4 c. orange juice or Grand Marnier
- Cut Challah into 1" chunks and place into 9X13 baking dish and set aside. **You want a few layers of bread in the baking dish - use a smaller baking dish if 13X9 is too big for the bread you have.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs, milk and half and half. Add vanilla, brown sugar, orange zest, orange juice, cinnamon, and salt and whisk. Add blueberries.
- Pour egg mixture over Challah. Stir gently to coat all of Challah and mix in blueberries. Cover baking dish with foil and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Bake Challah French Toast in oven covered for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until set. Top will get a little crunchy/crusty.
- Meanwhile, when Challah French Toast is almost done cooking, heat a medium sized pot over medium heat. Add maple syrup and orange juice and heat until just warm, about 2-3 minutes.
- Cut Challah into 8 pieces and serve with warmed maple syrup.