Challah French Toast

Challah’s richness and golden color make for the most luxurious and attractive French toast. The key here is to let the egg mixture soak all the way to the center of thick bread slices, and then cook slowly, so it gets cooked in the middle without overbrowning the outside.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups milk
  • 6 extra-large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 8 slices (1 inch thick) challah
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1⁄2 cup blueberry preserves


  • In a mixing bowl, make a paste with the cinnamon and a drop of the milk. Whisk in the rest of the milk, the eggs, vanilla, sugar, and salt. Transfer to a wide, deep dish and submerge the bread slices in the egg mixture. Allow to soak for at least 10 minutes, pressing the slices gently under with your fingertips to keep them submerged and turning them halfway through.
  • Heat a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-low heat. A piece of butter should sizzle but not smoke when it is added. Melt a quarter of the butter and fry the soaked bread 2 pieces at a time (it’s important not to crowd the pan) on both sides until they bounce back when poked with a finger, about 4 minutes per side. Serve them as they come out of the pan, or keep them warm in the oven. Do not reuse butter—wipe the pan after each batch. Serve with preserves.