Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cooking With Challah Bread for Breakfast

I got the idea to use Challah bread for French Toast from Gwyneth Paltrow's Notes From My Kitchen Table. I didn't actually use GP's recipe, but I give her full credit for the idea of using this amazing bread!

Challah is made of 6 strands of dough braided together and is traditionally served during Sabbath meals and on holidays in the Jewish faith. I found this Challah at my local Waitrose and it's absolutely gorgeous bread! Because it's quite thick and dense, it's perfect for French Toast!

To read more about Challah, click here.

I served the French Toast with sausages from The Good Little Company (they're my absolute favorite and available at Waitrose or Ocado) and hashbrowns with butter & syrup on the side. Because French Toast is already quite rich, I'm not one for serving it traditionally with fruit and powdered sugar. I prefer to use Cinnamon for a bit of a kick - for me it's a French Toast deal breaker. It's all about the cinnamon! Here's my recipe:

Serves 2… 

4 slices of Challah bread about 3/4 inch thick
2 eggs
100 ml of skim milk (add more if needed)
3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon until combined. 
  2. In a large frying pan, melt a generous knob of butter, being careful not to burn it, over medium heat.
  3. Dip bread slices in eggs mixture and place in the frying pan. If the mixture starts getting low, just stir in some more milk. Fry the bread on both sides until hot and the eggs are fully cooked. Serve on hot plates with warm maple syrup and butter.

Obviously, we didn't use the entire loaf of bread so for the next morning, I prepared an English breakfast classic, beans on toast!

For beans on toast, butter 2 slices of Challah or any bread and put under the grill on the highest setting until toasted. (For those of you in the US, this is the same as the broiler setting on your oven.) When toasted, melt a slice of cheese (I prefer Swiss cheese like Leerdammer) on the bread for an additional 20 seconds under the heat. Once melted, remove the bread from the oven and cover with hot Heinz Baked Beans. Serve with any of your breakfast favorite including bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns or black pudding - this meal works with just about any side and I even like to have it for dinner sometimes! If you're not from the UK, this sounds like a totally bizarre thing to have for breakfast, but it's absolutely amazing and the perfect breakfast after a big night out.


  1. Yum!!! The bread looks amazing. xx

    1. It really was, though I imagine it would be even better if it were fresh and homemade! Might be a project for me later! xx


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