Sunday, January 9, 2011

Challah French Toast

For Christmas this year I received a bread machine.  I was super excited to try it out. Up until now, I have been making breads by hand, but didn't like all the mess.  This machine is wonderful and is virtually mess free depending on the kind of bread you are making. 

For my very first bread, I tried Challah.  The machine prepared the dough, and all I had to do was divide it, braid the bread, and bake.  It came out wonderful.

I served this for breakfast, with home made strawberry jam, for a play date earlier in the week.  The next night for dinner, it was destined to become French toast topped with cinnamon butter.  The texture of the bread is wonderful for french toast.  It can stand up to soaking in the egg mix, and not get soggy.  The only problem with this, is now Jay won't let me go back to making French toast with regular white bread.

The recipe is just a basic French toast, so if you have a favorite by all means use it.  The only difference is using this bread cut at about 1 1/2 inch slices, and don't worry you can always buy Challah bread at your grocery store.

French toast recipe (serves 4)

1 loaf Challah bread
2 eggs
1 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. cinnamon

Preheat a griddle, and spray with cooking spray. Cut Challah bread into eight 1 1/2 inch slices using a serrated bread knife, set aside.  In a large bowl whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon.  Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture, making sure to coat both sides of the bread.  Cook on the griddle for until golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes on each side.  Top with cinnamon butter and syrup. Enjoy!!!

recipe for cinnamon butter

1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
2 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla

In a small bowl, cream butter with cinnamon and vanilla.  Store in the refrigerator for several weeks.

Another Christmas gift I received is the new place settings the French toast is served on, a gift from the hubby :o)

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