Challah Cinnamon French Toast


Elevate your French toast recipe by using challah bread.

Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 (serving size: 2 slices)

Adding fresh orange zest really makes this French toast pop, so don’t skip it. (We considered making it an optional add-in, but taste testers insisted it needed to be a must-have for this recipe.) You can find whole loaves of challah in most large grocery stores, but a loaf of brioche will work just as beautifully. And while you may be used to simply dipping your bread into the egg custard, you’ll want to be sure to let the slices soak in the liquid. This makes the toast creamy in the center and crispy on the outside.


  • ½ cup half-and-half

  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon table salt

  • 4 large eggs

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • 8 (1-inch-thick) slices challah bread

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • warm maple syrup and powdered sugar, for serving 


  1. Whisk together half-and-half, orange zest, cinnamon, salt, eggs, and egg yolks in a bowl until completely combined. Arrange bread slices in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish or rimmed baking sheet. Pour egg mixture over bread. Let stand 4 minutes; turn bread slices, and let stand until egg mixture is absorbed, about 4 minutes.

  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet. spreading over entire surface. Arrange 4 bread slices in skillet, and cook until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Repeat with remaining 2 tablespoons butter and uncooked bread.

  3. Serve French Toast drizzled with warm maple syrup and dusted with powdered sugar.

    Challah Cinnamon French Toast with Powdered Sugar on White Plate and Syrup Container
    Sheri Giblin
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