French Toast made with Apple Cinnamon Raisin Challah

We have been going through a serious heat wave here on the west coast of Canada. Temperatures have been up near 30, which means that everyone has been doing their best to survive in a world largely without air conditioning.

Ironically, the entire retail world is trying to tell us that it’s actually fall even though we’re all sweltering. This has resulted in some unique late summer pairings including venti iced coffees and iced teas with pumpkin scones at Starbucks. When life gives you pumpkin flavoured baked goods, you eat them, we think is the moral of the story!

With that being said, we’re bringing you a simple recipe that could easily bridge the gap between summer and fall. We used the Apple Cinnamon Raisin Challah we made on Tuesday, and repurposed it to make the most perfect French toast.

Let’s go over some things. There is French toast made using normal white bread, there is even French toast made using regular challah, but there is also French toast made using challah that has apples, cinnamon, and raisins in it, and believe us, it makes all the difference!

Our apple and raisin studded challah is dipped in a rich and cinnamony custard mixture and then fried to perfection in pools of butter. There really isn’t any better breakfast when you don’t have too much time in the morning, but are still feeling indulgent.

Maybe you’ll make this for your kids this weekend to celebrate their first week back at school, maybe you make it for the next brunch you host, or maybe you just make it for yourself, because heck, you deserve it!

French Toast made with Apple Cinnamon Raisin Challah

Ingredients:

2 large eggs

1 cup milk (we used 2%)

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch of salt

8 slices of apple cinnamon raisin challah or other similar, enriched dough bread (challah, brioche, etc.)

Salted butter for frying

Maple syrup for serving

Directions:

  1. In a large, shallow bowl (we used a pie plate), whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Place bread slices, one at a time, into the egg mixture and flip to make sure both sides of bread are well-coated.
  3. Melt the butter in a large pan or griddle over medium heat. Place the bread slices in the pan or on the griddle and cook until golden brown on each side, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately or keep warm in an oven until ready to serve (set at around 300 degrees F). Serve with butter, maple syrup, fresh fruit, etc. Enjoy!