Challah Bread French Toast

Ready in 15 minutes, transform leftover challah bread into the best French toast you’ll ever eat. Ideal for making ahead and freezing or serving for a lazy weekend breakfast.

Challah Bread French Toast

Last fall my Aunt Sabrina visited from Berkeley and hosted the most incredible Shabbat dinner at my mom’s house during her stay. We enjoyed a simple meal of Lebanese salad, roast chicken, roasted root vegetables and freshly baked challah bread.

Homemade Challah Bread Recipe - The Lemon Bowl

While I had made challah bread a few times before, it had honestly been years and I’m pretty sure I may have been 8 in Sunday school. Why on earth I waited so long? I have no idea. 

Challah Dough - The Lemon Bowl

To help you connect the dots, Sabrina is Ema Ljuba (my grandmother)’s daughter. This challah bread recipe has been passed down for generations and I look forward to passing it down to my boys – especially Chef Asher.

Challah French Toast - The Lemon Bowl

Of course, as anyone who grew up in a Jewish household knows, the best part about homemade challah bread on Friday is homemade challah bread French toast on Saturday morning! The soft, dense, eggy bread is the ideal candidate for the classic French toast breakfast. You can serve it with butter and maple syrup but it’s so decadent you almost don’t need it.

Your fork is waiting.

Challah Bread French Toast - The Lemon Bowl

Challah Bread French Toast

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Transform leftover challah bread into the best French toast you’ll ever eat. Ideal for making ahead and freezing or serving for a lazy weekend breakfast.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 8 slices leftover challah bread
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • warm maple syrup and butter to serve


  • Pre-heat a non-stick griddle over medium-high heat.
  • In a large shallow bowl or pie plate, whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla. Soak challah bread for 30 seconds on each side then place in single layer on the griddle.
  • Cook for 2 minutes on the first side then flip to brown the second side. Continue steps until all challah is cooked.
  • Serve challah French toast with warm maple syrup and butter if you wish.


Calories: 418kcalCarbohydrates: 56.2gProtein: 15.6gFat: 14.4gSaturated Fat: 6.8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7.6gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 311mgSodium: 681mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 11.3g

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73 thoughts on “Challah Bread French Toast”

  1. I went to ChoppedCon last year and it definitely changed my outlook on blogging. I met so many wonderful people and it’s really helped me have the confidence to work hard on my blog and look toward the future. This year’s lineup looks so awesome with Matt Armendariz, and of course, you, Liz! :) I haven’t purchased a ticket yet, but I’d love to win one!

  2. I always look for challah bread on the discount bakery rack at the grocery store! It makes THE BEST french toast… and bread pudding. ;) And this conference sounds amazing! I am all tapped out on blogger conferences for this year, but this one is definitely on my radar for 2016. But I am so bummed that I would miss you speaking though because balance is something I have really been struggling with lately.

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  4. I would love to attend Chopped Conference because it would be my first blog conference! I would also love to learn more so that I can take my blog to another level. It would be such an amazing opportunity to network with other bloggers!

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