Challah French Toast

Total Time:
27 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
5 min
Cook:
12 min

Yield:
8 large slices
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 6 extra-large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half or milk
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon good honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large loaf challah or brioche bread
  • Unsalted butter
  • Vegetable oil
  • To serve:
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Good raspberry preserves (optional)
  • Sifted confectioners' sugar (optional)
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

In a large shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, orange zest, vanilla, honey, and salt. Slice the challah in 3/4-inch thick slices. Soak as many slices in the egg mixture as possible for 5 minutes, turning once.

Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil in a very large saute pan over medium heat. Add the soaked bread and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until nicely browned. Place the cooked French toast on a sheet pan and keep it warm in the oven. Fry the remaining soaked bread slices, adding butter and oil as needed, until it's all cooked. Serve hot with maple syrup, raspberry preserves, and/or confectioners' sugar.


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<p>Was looking for a new French Toast recipe and this one popped up first.  This is amazing, made it for my family and they LOVED it.  The orange zest gives it a unique taste.  </p><p><br /></p><p>Dionne J. </p> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Saw this recipe and made it last night. I think the orange zest is what gave it a unique flavor that made this the best french toast ever (other recipes taste flat and boring). I also like the idea of the raspberry preserves on the side-that also added an interesting layer of flavor. This is my go-to recipe from now on. Also, I didn't have challah, I used brioche instead, it's what I had on hand. item not reviewed by moderator and published
awesome recipe! served it with Ina's roasted berries. Yum. Will be my go to French Toast recipe. Quick and easy. My guests loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome recipe. Works well with Texas Toast too, but not quite as good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Outstanding! I sprinkled some chopped pecans on top, this is a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A very solid French toast recipe. I used Sara Lee Texas Toast and this mixture covered 6 slices. I doubt I could soak a whole loaf of challah or even 2 more slices of bread. Also, it took much longer to cook each side. I think it was about 8 minutes per side. My slices weren't any thicker than 3/4" of inch. 2-3 minutes per side sounds optimistic to me. I added cinnamon and an extra tablespoon of honey and substituted lemon zest for orange zest because I had no oranges. It still tasted great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I added cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of Grand Marnier to the mix. I also lightly toasted the bread before soaking in the egg mixture. I make a french toast casserole with a similar recipe and it is so good. Easy, tasty and not overly sweet! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really great with Sunfresh Freezer Jam! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing!!! Ina is genius! It was really easy and super delicious. My toddler got a kick out of helping me sprinkle the tops with powdered sugar. I followed the recipe but found that there wasn't enough egg mix to cover my whole loaf of bread. Will definitely make it again it was a hit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, very straightforward flavors, an all around solid no frills french toast recipe. The orange zest is a very nice addition. I have used the recipe with cinnamon raisin brioche and that worked well too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Once again, Ina has let us in on the simple magic of turning something delicious into something extraordinary! This was the best French Toast I&amp;#39;ve ever eaten. And I made it myself! The orange zest and honey took it to a whole new level. The only thing I added, was a sprinkling of cinnamon on top of the batter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this countless times. My son who is the pickiest of eaters requests this. It's a cinch to make. I now keep challah bread in the fridge or freezer so I have it on hand. I add cinnamon to the batter. Love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family said this was the best French toast ever. I would agree. Topped it with mixed berry sauce and fresh whipped cream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW! Absolutely loved this recipe! Easy to make and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow. This is THE challah french toast recipe. I served it with cream cheese and (forget syrup... Blah with the (challah french toast with berry sauce's berry sauce on epicurious(blackberries omitted. I'm going to gain so much weight! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe! It's the best! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very delish french toast recipe for weekend brunch!!! I used Challah loaf and also added some cinnamon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best French toast I hv ever had. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe! Only change I made is I added maybe a half tablespoon of cinnamon. So delicious! Challah bread is the only way to go! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Off the charts good and easy! The orange zest and honey are a MUST! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used this basic recipe but substituted homemade eggnog (without liquor! for the cream and some of the eggs.....only used 3 eggs since the eggnog had eggs. I did include the orange zest. Used homemade brioche bread. Delicious recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this on Christmas morning. It was fabulous. The middle of the toast slices reminded me of a type of custard. It was decadent but worth every calorie. Great recipe for a special occasion! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I topped this with homemade whipped cream and added some maple syrup and mixed berry preserves. My family and guests said it was the best french toast they had ever had. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everything "Ina" is delicious! Has anyone made this as an overnight version that is baked in the morning for a crowd? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is incredible. We make it every week now, and our toddler wants it every day. I now make a large batch, and freeze it for throughout the week. I've tried this with a number of different breads too: regular sliced toast, brioche, and challah. I will say that the challah is the best: that bread is meant for this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used honey wheat because I didn't have challah bread and no orange zest. It was delicious!! Kids and hubby asked for seconds and thirds. Went through the entire loaf!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh my goodness! This is the best (french toast the orange zest just gives it incredible flavor. Thanks Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum-yum and, did I mention, yum!? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really really good recipe! I love the orange zest, it takes out the strong eggy taste from regular French toast recipes. This can be eaten without adding syrup! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So yummy, even above restaurants! My husband and kids gobbled it down. It is now a saturday morning tradition! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a Mother's Day brunch at my home and it was delicious! I thought that I had the vanilla extract needed, but I did not. So, I used every other ingredient and it still came out great! Everyone raved about them. I'm going to make this again this weekend! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe makes the most fabulous use of that whatever slightly stale challah you have left over. I've made these twice now, and I'm so impressed with the results. Ethereal, filling, and the perfect canvas for toppings or fillings of all kinds. Try it as a dessert using pastry cream, mixed berries, and powdered sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A great basic french toast recipe that can be modified endless ways. I made it exactly according to the recipe and then did a layer of cream cheese sandwiched between two finished slices of french toast baked in the oven at 375 for about 7 minutes. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best french toast I've ever made! I only had 4 eggs, but kept the liquid the same, although used 1 cup whole milk, and 1/2 cup half &amp; half. I omitted the orange zest - I wasn't sure the kids would like it. Will make this again for sure! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for breakfast, and decided to have it again for dinner. Yes, it was THAT good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
yum!! This is a great recipe. I lightened it up a little by using milk instead of half and half and cooked it in grapeseed oil instead of butter. I also added cinnamon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG - For a simple recipe, what a treat! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for 2nd time this morning. De-licious, Ina...as always. I can't imagine this without Bacon on the side. Before placing your second batch of bread into the liquid, give it a quick whisk to blend the settled ingredients first. One side of my last batch was coated with orange zest...which I loved, but my son did not. I also tried slicing the bread on a diagonal to make larger portions... without realizing this would also result in too much crust per slice. Next time I will go for straight slices. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe! I used Challah from Lilly's Bake Shop in NYC and it turned out fantastic!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, quick and delicious................ thank Ina item not reviewed by moderator and published
This had all the right flavors balanced out and though I was fearful that the challah would soak up too much or leave too little liquid for the end of the preparation, i was wrong. It was exactly enough. Be careful to judge your "soaking factor" within the 5 minute window. Since I had fresh challah, it didnt need more than 2-3 minutes per batch. Staler one, would need more soaking. The "sogginess" is a personal preference I feel. I like my french toast moist on the inside and crispy/toasty on the outside. Depending on your sweet tooth, you can omit the jams for serving (I did. Old fashioned powdered sugar, touch of butter and good maple syrup was just right. The honey and orange zest in the challah balance the sweetness very well. I second the bacon as a side, though its amazing on its own. Thanks Ina !! Enjoy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed this recipe to almost a T (soaked the bread for about 3 to 4 mins. instead and instead of vanilla extract used the inner contents of half vanilla bean and it was PERFECT! Will definitely make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my 2nd time making this and its great. I added a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg and it was delicious. I lined it up again to rebuild the loaf of challah bread to make it look fancy. Everybody raved about it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never ever write reviews, but I tried this recipe for my toddler. and they were sooooooo delicious. I like french toast, but these were the best ever. the only thing i did different, i didnt have honey so i put small amount of maple syrup instead. they were unbelievable and i was already making plans for bruch get together so people can try. Absolutely the best french toast!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked this dish very much. Found the bread at Trader Joe's. My children loved it too. I will be making it again in the morning. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been making French toast for years, but without a recipe. I am so glad I tried Ina's. I had never soaked the bread in the egg/mix mixture for a full 5 minutes. What a difference that made, the French toast was very light, but yet custardy. The addition of honey and orange zest imparts an added layer of flavor. Definitely will be using this recipe from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I enjoyed this recipe. I used 2% milk; added cinnamon and nutmeg to the ingredients; and used a fresh orange for the grated orange zest and squeezed a little orange juice in the egg mixture. I also suggest using your best judgment when soaking the bread in the egg mixture -- the thicker the bread, the longer it should soak in the mixture. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for my husband this morning for fathers day. It was a hit! It was so delicious! We loved the addition of the orange zest, very very yummy! I just had large eggs, so I added 1 more to the custard mix, but followed everything else. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good!!! i replaced the orange zest with cinnamon and it still turned out delish :) thnx ina ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Soooo tasty &amp; comforting! I reduced the recipe &amp; everything tasted great. I used 2 large eggs, 1/4 c lowfat milk, 3 slices of Cinnabon cinnamon bread, &amp; half of everything else listed. I also added 1/2 tsp of cinnamon &amp; a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg. I dipped both sides of bread in the mixture &amp; cooked in butter. I also carmalized a ripe banana along side in the pan. This french toast deserves only pure maple syrup. The flavors are wonderful.:) Thanks Ina item not reviewed by moderator and published
Soaking the challah for 5 minutes made this dish really dense for me. I was able to get a nice browning on the outside, but it was so wet on the inside that it still came out squishy, for a lack of a better term. Probably won't make again, or would try just dipping it briefly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this several times, sometimes substituting brioche for challah. I've made it on gas stove tops and electric stove tops, and it comes out amazing each time. Everyone always loves it (especially me, and it's become an Easter morning tradition! : item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my favorite bread for french toast. I tried brioche and day old french bread. The brioche was just OK because it was still too airy and soft. The french bread isn't big enough. This was perfect, I served it to my husband with sweet potato hashbrowns and eggs. He loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy! I actually made this for myself this morning. I bought challah bread from Trader Joes - individual challah rolls so I only used one roll and sliced it up into three pieces. I used one egg and 1/4 cup of half and half ... some honey, orange zest, and vanilla extract. It made the perfect amount of custard for the individual roll. This was enough for one person for breakfast which is great since my husband does not eat french toast. I will definitely make this for company using the entire recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a great tasting easy My family loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Superb recipe for a French toast, especially when you didn't plan ahead. Usually we soak our bread in the custard overnight and bake the dish the next morning, but since this was a more spur of the moment meal I was delighted to find this well-reviewed dish. The only changes we made were a couple of dashes of cinnamon and some nutmeg to the custard. In addition, our local bakery had made a lemon challah bread that we couldn't resist purchasing, so that's what we used for this recipe. My partner even said that this recipe was better than one of his favorite breakfast memories: the vanilla-orange French toast from Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. So, I'd call that a success. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best French Toast ever! Although I didn't add a few ingedients, It still tasted like heaven on a plate! The pure vanilla extract and orange zest REALLY kicked in; Thanks Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best french toast ever! The flavor was just wonderful with the orange and honey, and the Challah bread was the perfect vehicle for this dish. My only suggestion would be not to soak the bread for the full 5 minutes because the bread wants to fall apart. This will definitely stay on my weekend breakfast rotation! item not reviewed by moderator and published
For years I've been making french toast that was pretty good. This recipe is awesome! It will definitely be my go-to from now on. I cut the challah about 1/2 inch thick, soaked it for less than a minute, and it was completely saturated, almost disintegrating. It was fresh, which is probably why, but definitely watch the soak time. I love the orange flavor (I didn't have quite enough zest, so I just squeezed in a bit of orange juice in addition). Next time I might try an orange liqueur. Love Ina and her recipes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is fantastic. The orange zest, honey and vanilla make it taste awesome. I made my own sauce with blackberries, raspberries and confectioners sugar mixed in. You can see a picture of my french toast at: www.jessica-thebookcook.com/2010/10/toast-to-weekend-with-challah-french.html item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a very nice recipe. I made a couple of minor changes. First, for some crazy reason I am allergic to orange so I used lemon zest instead. I added some allspice to the batter and for the milk I used 1 cup of organic 2% milk and 1/2 cup of organic half and half. I sauteed in unsalted butter and organic canola oil. I did not have the challah bread so I used a round loaf of something similar to italian bread and did slice as directed about 3/4". We put unsalted butter and a grade A quality of maple syrup which I warmed up. Turned out fabulous. Since we are loaded with our home grown tomatoes I plan to make this french toast again next weekend and I will roast our tomatoes and put on the french toast with the butter and maple syrup. I think that will be outstanding. Also, would like to try caramelized onion and roasted fresh Jersey peaches on this recipe. Could also make a pocket and stuff with cheddar cheese. Lots of options with this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor was great butit turned out soggy in the middle and we couldn't cook it in the pan any longer or it would have burned. I also printed out the Food Networks recipe for the same and it said to bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes after fryine so we will try that next. Sorry Ina, I always give you 5 stars except for Eli's Salmon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used thinly sliced sourdough from the store and this worked out fine. (I'm not a mushy french toast person.) I also added a few sprinkles of cinnamon and nutmeg, omitted the orange zest (didn't have any), and split the half and half between that and skim milk. I will definite use this recipe again and again! I soaked the bread for just about 2 minutes per side in a pie dish one slice at a time. The result was just a little crispy and perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my husband and I this morning and it was a major hit. I used potatoe bread because I didn't have Challah and it turned out great. I did let it soak for the five minutes and it tasted more like bread pudding but the crusty outside from the oil and butter still gave it the french toast feel. Next time I will try and not soak it so long but my husband adores bread pudding so this was a nice twist! I don't normally measure much so I cut the recipe back a little since it was just the two of us and only used 4 eggs and for the milk mixture I used part 2% milk and part heavy cream (about 1 cup total). I also added a couple of dashes of hot sauce which doesn't make it hot it just seems to accentuate and bring out the other flavors of a dish when you only use a little. Thanks so much Ina! Keep these awesome recipes coming! And the orange zest was an amazing start to a day and really MADE the dish :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did add Cinnamon, as a personal preference. It was YUMMY!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so good when I made it for the first time two weeks ago, that my wife has been requesting it almost daily since then. The only change I made was to use Tuscan bread, it was excellent. Because of the soaking, which I've always done for myself, my wife even ate the crust, something never done in restaurants. Thanks, Ina. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Because of the rich egg ingredient, Challah is a wonderful type of bread that makes great French Toast. Challah is further coated with egg and milk batter, but the touch of Orange Zest really helps to freshen up this recipe. I personally would add more Orange zest just because I want the flavor to come out more. I absolutely love this batter, Also agree with Caroline, be very careful with soaking. Too much soaking will make it taste more like bread pudding, and you don't want that. Not to mention you won't have enough batter for rest of the bread...what a shame would that be! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my newest, favorite french toast recipe. I didn't need to make any adjustments to this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe - but I should have read the reviews first. No five minute soak! The first few slices were too heavy &amp; soaked up so much custard that I had to make a third more of the custard to finish breakfast for my family. Also, the last slices were loaded with orange zest, as it sinks to the bottom - a good stir from the bottom as each slice is removed is needed. Challah is oval, shiny and usually braided. Any egg based loaf - like brioche - would work well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Unintentially left out the salt - turned out to be a good thing, so I added that note to my Barefoot cookbook. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe this morning using left over Challah that we had frozen from Hannukah...wow.....my friends and family loved it...even the pickiest kids. I will definitly make this again...and would not change a thing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this recipe for brunch and everyone loved it.Easy and yummy, and can be left in the oven while you prepare the rest of the meal. Thanks again, Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
You can buy delicious challah at http://challahnmore.com item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you Ina! My family adores this french toast. I will never go back to making french toast with sandwich bread or a bagette. The challah is wonderful. We even like it topped with fresh fruit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first venture into french toast and I was surprised by how simple and full of flavor this recipe was. The orange zest added a lovely hint of flavor at the end of every bite! I made them with Ina's recipe for maple-roasted bacon and both were a huge hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW this was tasty. I am usually too lazy to cook breakfast on weekends but I tried this on a whim, and it is so good it just might change my routine. Like most people it seems, I didn't quite follow the recipe exactly, but it was close. I only left out the orange zest and used 1% milk because I made this on impulse and didn't have the precise items available. I also poured the egg into a glass baking pan for soaking the bread pieces, since I have no shallow bowls. Perhaps that helped avoid the soggy bread everyone else is afraid of. It turned out so delicious!! I think using richer milk and orange zest like the recipe calls for would make it better, but it was already good as it was. Using challah bread is critical. If you're determined to substitute another bread it must be an egg bread like maybe brioche or Hawaiian royal bread. Also my stove must be weaker than the one Ina uses because I had to turn the burner heat above medium. (Not quite medium-high though, that singed a couple pieces. The challah burns readily when the heat is too high.) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. I've made it a few times, but the last time I actually followed Ina's suggestion of keeping them in the warm oven until the rest are done. The result was a crispy outer layer that was to die for! I love having these with turkey bacon or sausage. It's all you need for a truly delicious, decadent breakfast. The challah is perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
my family enjoyed this dessert. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good but I wouldn't soak it for the full five minutes. It was a little too soggy in the middle and I didn't want to burn it. I also added a little sugar on the second round. to add a little sweetness. I wonder if it could be made ahead and refrigerated. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was an amazing french toast, although i used Alton browns method of soaking them, since I hate having soggy bread in the middle and burnt edges. The fruit zest was a great touch and really made the recipe. I made it on Valentines day for breakfast and it was the best way to start off the day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Probably the best French Toast I've ever made! I will never make another french toast without orange zest and honey! I also added a bit of vanilla extract and cinnamon. I've made this three times now and will again tomorrow morning (as I have more Challah left!) and many mornings and brunches to come. My best recommendation for trouble shooting is as follows: DO NOT cut the bread too thick; DO NOT soak too too long; and watch your egg to dairy ratio. You do not want scrambled eggs on fresh bread. Otherwise, cook, enjoy and reap the complements. I personally like it with Ina's Maple-Roasted Bacon as a side. But feel free to serve it alone, with raspberry preserves as Ina suggests, or my favorite. . peach cream cheese. Can we say heaven?? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was so excited when I finally found challah bread in a local grocery store last weekend, since I've been wanting to make challah French toast, but haven't been able to find the bread. I bought it, and kept it all week, hoping it would go slightly stale. It didn't, so I sliced thick pieces and put it in a warm (200 degree) oven while I made the custard. I had wanted to make Alton's recipe, but since I'd forgotten to make the custard last night, tried this very similar recipe instead. I made the recipe, but to instead of using 6 whole eggs, used 3 eggs, and 9 Tbsp of egg whites. I used 1/2 c of FF milk, 1/2 c of vanilla soy milk, and 1/2 c of half and half. There were no other changes to the recipe itself. I even soaked all the slices for 5 minutes total, rotating after 2 1/2 minutes. I did take a page out of Alton's book, though, and kept the slices in the oven at a higher temperature. My picky husband usually doesn't like homemade French toast due to soggy middles, the way they came out when his mom made them, soaking bread too much. I usually avoid soggy French toast by dipping rather than soaking the bread in the custard. However, the slices came out with a slightly inconsistent texture inside. Some parts were creamy, and others just soggy. It did taste good, though. I think next time I'll try Alton's recipe, and if this one ends up tastier, simply use another of Alton's tricks and just soak for 30 seconds on each side instead. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for my partner this morning for His Birthday. Followed Ina's instructions and it was just perfect. Tonight I am using Ina's Steakhouse Steaks for dinner. It's a "Barefoot Style" Birthday. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My hubby's favorite breakfast is French Toast. I made this dish as a treat for him after a particularly rough night with a sleepless child. I was intrigued by the lack of traditional ingredients cinnamon and nutmeg, but found the orange zest to be such a better flavor in the dish. It was easy to make, fantastic to eat, and my husband (and 2 picky toddlers) gobbled it up! This is my new French Toast recipe, thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Orange zest is the secret ingredient. I served it with leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving and warm maple syrup. Just don't soak the bread for five minutes if it isn't thick or slightly stale, as the slices will fall apart and/or be slightly raw in the middle. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of the best French Toast recipes I've found. I started making it a couple years ago and it's now a tradition for our family Christmas brunch. The orange zest really adds a great flavor. I just love this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i personally believe that Alton brown recipe came out better, my french toast came out cooked on the outside but kind of raw on the inside. with ab's recipe it all comes out perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe using Brioche bread and it was very good. My guests loved it. I served it with warmed low-sugar orange marmalade for the topping and that was a nice touch, though it could be eaten without anything on it. I did not soak the bread for 5 minutes either. This seems to give the flavor of French toast and kept the bread airy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The loaf of challah bread I used was stale.It was from a supermarket bakery.This recipe turned out excellent. When I cut the bread that is when I discovered it was stale.I was going to just toast it.Thank goodness I looked up this recipe.I used low calorie syrup and forgot the fruit I purchased to go on top.I can't imagine what is would have tasted like with the powdered sugar the fruit and the real syrup.This was easy and tasted like something from a fancy resturant. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this for guests and they always love it. I add a little cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter just to give it a little more depth, but the real secret is in the bread. A good loaf is the secret!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I grew up never liking french toast, I always thought it was too eggy and heavy. This recipe completely changed my mind, and I love it! For those who are having trouble finding challah bread, it is a Jewish bread, so a Jewish bakery (or often any bakery) will carry it; it's not generally a supermarket bread. I am lucky, I have my own little Jewish lady who bakes it for me! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was easy and quick to make. My kids thought it was great especialy since it had that orange flavor and powdered sugar. I make it about twice a month and they never get tired of it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time making French toast and it turned out so good. The orange zest really added a great flavor to it. I also added some cinnamon to the batter. I would not recommend soaking the bread for 5 minutes - I did it for about 30 seconds each side and that was enough. Served with powdered sugar and pure maple syrup. This recipe is definitely a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This receipe is both easy to amke and delicious. The right bread makes all the difference. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Definitely got to try...something good and different from same old french toast! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm giving this 3 stars (not the usual 5 I give Ina's food) because the taste was great BUT I had to make some changes. We could not find either of those specialty breads anywhere so I had to use regular French loaf. I live in a large city so I'm not sure where exactly one would find those breads. Also, we used less milk than called for, and we only soaked the slices about 30 seconds (I think longer would have made them soggy.) I'm not sure if that's because we didn't have the right bread, but again, I couldn't find it! I guess what it boils down to is we made regular french toast. I still LOVE this show (Barefoot is my favorite on the FN) but I wish she would use ingredients that weren't so hard to find (and less expensive. Some of her dishes use very pricey ingredients that aren't practical for a lot of people!) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect start to the day. Plenty of fresh fruit goes well with this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was easy to follow. The only thing that I was not able to find was the bread. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The custard is the perfect proportion to the bread, and yields the perfect slice -- crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. The honey and orange provide just the right tangy sweetness, and keep the flavor bright. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh, I also added cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Why do people give 3 stars when they didn't even follow the recipe? item not reviewed by moderator and published

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