Last Friday, I played hooky from work (well, not really, they knew what I was doing) and spent some time in the little monkey’s classroom. Part of the benefit of this, other than being able to spend extra time with her and see her in her classroom environment, was that I got to take a good portion of the challah they used to celebrate Shabbat, home with me.
Here she is with challah bread in her smile…and me!
This is important today for two reasons:
1) Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day (in case you didn’t know that about me already), and
2) I am ridiculously tired after spending 8 hours with teenagers and will always go with the quick-and-dirty idea for dinner over something that takes longer than 20 minutes to make.
So for today, I give you…one of my favorite go-to recipes, that is both breakfast and “quick and dirty” — Challah French Toast. The challah is not required but it does give it a certain flavor that cannot be found with other bread product and elevates that French Toast from just good to craaaazy good.
What you need:
1-2 eggs per serving desired (Use 2 for a more eggy toast, but you really only need one…that being said, I prefer 2)
2 large slices of challah per serving desired, thinly sliced
Half and half, organic
1-2 tbsp butter
Pinch of Kosher Salt
Vanilla extract, one capful
Cinnamon, to your taste (I would suggest no more than 1/2 tsp per slice)
Pinch of sugar (optional)
Pure maple syrup (way better than the fake stuff)
1 8×8 baking dish
1 Frying pan
What you do:
Crack the eggs in the baking dish. A flat dish is better than a bowl, because the bread sits in it perfectly. Add a splash of half and half per egg. Sprinkle in the cinnamon, salt and sugar. Add in the vanilla and beat with a fork. Make sure the yolks are properly broken up….
Turn the pan up to medium and put in a tbsp of butter. While it melts, dredge a few slices of bread in the batter, and make sure both sides are good and moist. Once the butter melts, fry that bread up until it’s nice and golden. More golden than this, though it looks pretty good to me..
Add more butter to the pan after the first round, if needed. Serve warm with the syrup. Go to bed happy.