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The Best Challah French Toast Recipe

Please tell me you’ve tried Ina Garten’s Challah French Toast Recipe before?! It’s seriously The Best Challah French Toast Recipe I’ve ever had and a must try for Hanukkah breakfast. The Barefoot Contessa takes a traditional french toast recipe and spruces it up with orange zest and a little bit of honey. Come visit me at the lake and see what this recipe is all about.  

Please tell me you’ve tried Ina Garten’s Challah French Toast Recipe before?! It’s seriously The Best Challah French Toast Recipe I’ve ever had and a must try for Hanukkah breakfast. The Barefoot Contessa takes a traditional french toast recipe and spruces it up with orange zest and a little bit of honey. Come visit me at the lake and see what this recipe is all about.  #challahfrenchtoast #frenchtoast #breakfast #lakelifestateofmind

Do you ever have one of those days where you have a million things going on and not enough time to do them in? Who am I kidding…of course you do! It’s kind of the norm for most of us these days. Sigh.

Today is one of those days where I have a list of things I need to accomplish. Not a tiny list either, like a really long one! And I knew that adding another task to the mix would probably put me over the edge, but in true Tiffany fashion, I did exactly that. I work better when I totally overwhelm myself. Can you relate?

In my defense, I really couldn’t help myself. I had a beautiful loaf of challah bread sitting on my kitchen countertop just begging to be turned into french toast. I decided to make it for me and “The Boys” but then thought it would be an awesome recipe to share with you on the blog.

So instead of just making a quick meal for my family, I ended up turning it into a meal, plus a photography session, and then a story for my blog. I did this partially because I’m insane. Mainly though, I did it because I love you and I couldn’t keep the best challah french toast recipe for myself!! You’re welcome.

I’d love to take credit for the creation of this masterpiece, but I must give all the credit to Ina Garten. She has a show on the Food Network called The Barefoot Contessa. This woman knows how to make some amazing food. Seriously, there isn’t a single recipe I’ve tried of hers that I didn’t absolutely go crazy for! She’s worth checking out.

Why do I think this is the best challah french toast recipe in the world? Easy question! It’s the addition of orange zest and honey to the egg mixture that takes your typical french toast recipe to a whole new level. I find french toast to be a little bit on the heavy side normally, but something about the freshness of the orange zest in this version tricks my brain into thinking it’s healthy. And since it’s healthy, I can eat more of course!

So what do I need to make The Best Challah French Toast Recipe?

6 eggs, 1 ½ cups of half-and-half, 1 tsp grated orange zest, ½ tsp vanilla, 1 tbsp honey, ½ tsp, salt, 1 loaf challah bread, butter and oil for frying

Begin by assembling your egg mixture for the french toast. I like to use a 9×13 or bigger casserole dish to do this in. I’ve found it to be the best way to soak my challah bread before frying it off.

Start by adding your six eggs to the casserole dish.

Please tell me you’ve tried Ina Garten’s Challah French Toast Recipe before?! It’s seriously The Best Challah French Toast Recipe I’ve ever had and a must try for Hanukkah breakfast. The Barefoot Contessa takes a traditional french toast recipe and spruces it up with orange zest and a little bit of honey. Come visit me at the lake and see what this recipe is all about.  #challahfrenchtoast #frenchtoast #breakfast #lakelifestateofmindNext add your half and half, vanilla, honey, salt and finally your teaspoon of orange zest.

Please tell me you’ve tried Ina Garten’s Challah French Toast Recipe before?! It’s seriously The Best Challah French Toast Recipe I’ve ever had and a must try for Hanukkah breakfast. The Barefoot Contessa takes a traditional french toast recipe and spruces it up with orange zest and a little bit of honey. Come visit me at the lake and see what this recipe is all about.  #challahfrenchtoast #frenchtoast #breakfast #lakelifestateofmindI use a microplane to zest my orange. When doing so, I make sure not to remove too much of the outside of the orange because it’s bitter and tastes yucky!

Please tell me you’ve tried Ina Garten’s Challah French Toast Recipe before?! It’s seriously The Best Challah French Toast Recipe I’ve ever had and a must try for Hanukkah breakfast. The Barefoot Contessa takes a traditional french toast recipe and spruces it up with orange zest and a little bit of honey. Come visit me at the lake and see what this recipe is all about.  #challahfrenchtoast #frenchtoast #breakfast #lakelifestateofmindGrab a whisk and get to mixing.

Please tell me you’ve tried Ina Garten’s Challah French Toast Recipe before?! It’s seriously The Best Challah French Toast Recipe I’ve ever had and a must try for Hanukkah breakfast. The Barefoot Contessa takes a traditional french toast recipe and spruces it up with orange zest and a little bit of honey. Come visit me at the lake and see what this recipe is all about.  #challahfrenchtoast #frenchtoast #breakfast #lakelifestateofmindHere’s the egg mixture all combined.

Please tell me you’ve tried Ina Garten’s Challah French Toast Recipe before?! It’s seriously The Best Challah French Toast Recipe I’ve ever had and a must try for Hanukkah breakfast. The Barefoot Contessa takes a traditional french toast recipe and spruces it up with orange zest and a little bit of honey. Come visit me at the lake and see what this recipe is all about.  #challahfrenchtoast #frenchtoast #breakfast #lakelifestateofmindNext, slice your challah bread into ¾ inch slices like so.

Please tell me you’ve tried Ina Garten’s Challah French Toast Recipe before?! It’s seriously The Best Challah French Toast Recipe I’ve ever had and a must try for Hanukkah breakfast. The Barefoot Contessa takes a traditional french toast recipe and spruces it up with orange zest and a little bit of honey. Come visit me at the lake and see what this recipe is all about.  #challahfrenchtoast #frenchtoast #breakfast #lakelifestateofmindPlace them inside the casserole dish for about 2 to 3 minutes to begin soaking up the egg mixture.

Please tell me you’ve tried Ina Garten’s Challah French Toast Recipe before?! It’s seriously The Best Challah French Toast Recipe I’ve ever had and a must try for Hanukkah breakfast. The Barefoot Contessa takes a traditional french toast recipe and spruces it up with orange zest and a little bit of honey. Come visit me at the lake and see what this recipe is all about.  #challahfrenchtoast #frenchtoast #breakfast #lakelifestateofmindAfter the 2 to 3 minutes are up, flip the bread over to the other side for another 2 to 3 minutes to continue soaking.

Please tell me you’ve tried Ina Garten’s Challah French Toast Recipe before?! It’s seriously The Best Challah French Toast Recipe I’ve ever had and a must try for Hanukkah breakfast. The Barefoot Contessa takes a traditional french toast recipe and spruces it up with orange zest and a little bit of honey. Come visit me at the lake and see what this recipe is all about.  #challahfrenchtoast #frenchtoast #breakfast #lakelifestateofmindWhile the french toast is soaking, begin heating a large skillet over medium heat on your stovetop. Add about 2 tablespoons of oil and 2 tablespoons of butter to your pan. I know using both sounds a little weird but there’s reasoning behind it. Butter tends to burn at a faster rate than oil. By adding the oil to the pan, it always the butter to cook a little longer without browning. You will still get the flavor of butter so don’t worry!

Please tell me you’ve tried Ina Garten’s Challah French Toast Recipe before?! It’s seriously The Best Challah French Toast Recipe I’ve ever had and a must try for Hanukkah breakfast. The Barefoot Contessa takes a traditional french toast recipe and spruces it up with orange zest and a little bit of honey. Come visit me at the lake and see what this recipe is all about.  #challahfrenchtoast #frenchtoast #breakfast #lakelifestateofmindOnce your challah bread has soaked up the egg mixture and your pan is heated, add a few pieces of the french toast.

Please tell me you’ve tried Ina Garten’s Challah French Toast Recipe before?! It’s seriously The Best Challah French Toast Recipe I’ve ever had and a must try for Hanukkah breakfast. The Barefoot Contessa takes a traditional french toast recipe and spruces it up with orange zest and a little bit of honey. Come visit me at the lake and see what this recipe is all about.  #challahfrenchtoast #frenchtoast #breakfast #lakelifestateofmindYou’ll want to cook the french toast for at least 2 to 3 minutes on each side. You’ll see that the french toast becomes a nice golden brown like so.

Please tell me you’ve tried Ina Garten’s Challah French Toast Recipe before?! It’s seriously The Best Challah French Toast Recipe I’ve ever had and a must try for Hanukkah breakfast. The Barefoot Contessa takes a traditional french toast recipe and spruces it up with orange zest and a little bit of honey. Come visit me at the lake and see what this recipe is all about.  #challahfrenchtoast #frenchtoast #breakfast #lakelifestateofmindNote: It’s important to remember that the french toast has been soaking in eggs. You’ll need to make sure you’ve cooked the french toast enough in order to cook the eggs all the way through. If you notice your french toast begins to brown too quickly, pull the pan off the burner for about a minute to slightly cool it down. Then lower the heat and continue cooking.

Continue the same process for the rest of your french toast.

I was able to cook it all in two batches. If you’re worried about the first batch getting cold while you cook the second, I have two options for you. First, you can pull out two skillets and get the cooking done in one shot. The second option is to heat your oven to 250 degrees and place the first batch of french toast on a cookie sheet that you’ll put in the oven to keep everything warm until the second batch is complete.

Serve with syrup, powdered sugar, berries or anything else your little heart desires!

Please tell me you’ve tried Ina Garten’s Challah French Toast Recipe before?! It’s seriously The Best Challah French Toast Recipe I’ve ever had and a must try for Hanukkah breakfast. The Barefoot Contessa takes a traditional french toast recipe and spruces it up with orange zest and a little bit of honey. Come visit me at the lake and see what this recipe is all about.  #challahfrenchtoast #frenchtoast #breakfast #lakelifestateofmindPlease tell me you’re picking up on what I’m putting out here, friend. Are you sold on this yet? I mean really, how can you not agree this is the best challah french toast recipe on the planet?! Write down these ingredients ASAP and get to shopping. You and your family need this for breakfast tomorrow. You can thank me later!

The Best Challah French Toast Recipe
 
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This is The Best Challah French Toast Recipe I’ve ever had and a must try for Hanukkah breakfast. It takes a traditional french toast recipe and spruces it up with orange zest and a little bit of honey. Make it today and taste it for yourself.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Ingredients
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups of half-and-half
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp, salt
  • 1 loaf challah bread
  • butter and oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Begin by assembling your egg mixture for the french toast. I like to use a 9x13 or bigger casserole dish to do this in. I’ve found it to be the best way to soak my challah bread before frying it off.
  2. Start by adding your six eggs to the casserole dish along with your half and half, vanilla, honey, salt and finally your teaspoon of orange zest.
  3. Grab a whisk and get to mixing.
  4. Next, slice your challah bread into ¾ inch slices.
  5. Place them inside the casserole dish for about 2 to 3 minutes to begin soaking up the egg mixture.
  6. After the 2 to 3 minutes are up, flip the bread over to the other side for another 2 to 3 minutes to continue soaking.
  7. While the french toast is soaking, begin heating a large skillet over medium heat on your stovetop. Add about 2 tablespoons of oil and 2 tablespoons of butter to your pan.
  8. Once your challah bread has soaked up the egg mixture and your pan is heated, add a few pieces of the french toast.
  9. You’ll want to cook the french toast for at least 2 to 3 minutes on each side. You’ll see that the french toast becomes a nice golden brown.
  10. Continue the same process for the rest of your french toast.
  11. Serve with syrup, powdered sugar, berries or anything else your little heart desires!

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Please tell me you’ve tried Ina Garten’s Challah French Toast Recipe before?! It’s seriously The Best Challah French Toast Recipe I’ve ever had and a must try for Hanukkah breakfast. The Barefoot Contessa takes a traditional french toast recipe and spruces it up with orange zest and a little bit of honey. Come visit me at the lake and see what this recipe is all about.  #challahfrenchtoast #frenchtoast #breakfast #lakelifestateofmind

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