Real French Toast

french-toast-21I popped out of bed this morning when my alarm went off and was ready to start a new day. A light frost covered the ground and the sun was shining bright. It was the perfect day for a bright spring breakfast, even though we still have winter temperatures. I can wish for spring, right? We do live in the South, so having it drop into the 30’s at night is really starting to get on my nerves. I don’t live in Ohio.

I started a pot of coffee and got to work on breakfast. Earlier this week I made two loaves of challah bread, one in which I intended to use for French toast. I immediately started thinking of all of the combinations  I could make; basic, stuffed with sweet cream cheese, stuffed with berries, topped with berries and the list goes on. I settled on a basic recipe topped with mixed berries.

The French toast turned out great! It was slightly sweet, creamy but not soggy, with a great browned outside and had a slight tartness from the berries. I personally think this topping would go perfect with a cream cheese stuffed French toast. I guess that will have to be tomorrow’s breakfast. Oh, and definitely use REAL maple syrup. It makes all the difference in the world!

French Toast with mixed berry topping

Serves 2


Challah bread, two day old or dried out overnight

2 eggs, beaten

2/3 c. milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Canola oil, as needed

For the topping

¾ c. mixed berries, fresh or frozen

2 tablespoons water

¼ c pure maple syrup

Confectioner’s sugar, garnish


Slice 6 pieces of challah bread about ¾” to 1” thick. Set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, and ground cinnamon. Set aside

Prepare a large skillet on medium low heat. Add canola oil and get it hot.

Coat each slice of challah bread in the egg mixture, thoroughly soaking on both sides of the bread. Place in the hot pan and cook until evenly browned on each side. Take care not to brown too fast or you will have a crunchy outside and soggy center.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat add berries and water. Heat mixture until berries begin to soften. Add maple syrup, stir and continue to heat mixture.

Remove 3 slices of challah French toast from the pan onto a plate. Top with half of the berry mixture and garnish with confectioner’s sugar. Repeat and serve.


2 Responses to “Real French Toast”

  1. 1 brannyboilsover February 21, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    What a wonderful breakfast to start the weekend

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