Did you remember to set your clocks ahead? Happy Spring!!
I don’t particularly enjoy losing an hour of sleep but I do enjoy looking out the window at 6:00PM and still seeing the sun. It will make working late seem less late, maybe…
To celebrate the festive spring that is approaching I decided to make challah french toast for brunch, this happens to be a favorite in our household and something the hubby requests almost every other weekend. Since I was feeling loving I decided to indulge him and whip together this delicious version of french toast on what was also a particularly sunny and bright Sunday morning.
Say what you will about all of those french toast varieties out there, Challah IS the only way to go! I can’t really remember french toast before I was introduced to Challah french toast. My mom used to make us french toast with day old baguette, I think this is as french as it gets, and don’t get me wrong, that was delicious but when you take a thick slice of Challah and work your french toasting magic you will never go back to french toast with other types of bread.
When we lived in Philadelphia we used to get lunch at a place called Sabrina’s Cafe. If you have ever been to Philadelphia then you might already know about the brunch at Sabrina’s – which in my opinion happens to be the best in the city. Sabrina’s was famous for their Stuffed Challah French Toast, that is right, I said STUFFED. If you don’t know this already Challah is a sweeter bread, somewhat similar to your brioche or portuguese bread. If you are making french toast with any of these then you probably know it will be rich. Sabrina’s takes it a step further by stuffing the french toast with a sweet cheese and then trying to put some fruit on it to make it seem like it could still be healthy. It comes out on a plate and you realize immediately that the french toast might be bigger than your head. You do your best to demolish it and sometimes you are successful, other times you have to admit defeat. Gah, I just drooled on the keyboard thinking about this.
I don’t do the stuffed version mostly because I like to think that only Sabrina’s can make it the right way so I wont even bother attempting it. I do like to make mine with a little burst of citrus which always makes it taste bright. Just so you know this is the kind of french toast that you could eat sans syrup. So yummy!
Challah French Toast
1 Loaf of Challah
1 Cup 1% Milk
1 Tsp. Cinnamon
2 Tsp. Brown Sugar
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp. Lemon Zest
Slice your bread into 1-1 1/2 inch slices and set aside. It is best to use a loaf of Challah that is a day or two old but a fresh loaf will work just as well. In a shallow dish break your eggs and scramble. Add your milk and remaining ingredients to your eggs and mix together.
Heat a skillet to medium heat and melt 1 tsp. of butter in the pan, swirling to coat the pan. While the pan is heating place a slice of bread in the egg mixture, after a few seconds flip the slice over to soak on the other side. Using tongs, remove the bread from the mixture doing your best to let any excess liquid fall off. Place your bread in the pan and cook until it turns golden brown, flip and repeat on the other side. Repeat this process with the remaining slices of bread, add butter as needed. Keep your slices warm until you are ready to eat. Serve with fruit and powder sugar.