Challah French Toast is the best bread French toast, bar none. It’s sturdy enough to stand up to its custard soak and a shower of maple syrup, yet tender and fluffy enough to cut with a fork.

Whether you’ve got some leftover challah from Shabbat dinner or you’re buying a loaf specifically to make French toast, it’s the most wonderful (and easy!) Saturday morning breakfast out there. 

Challah French Toast is the best bread French toast, bar none. It’s sturdy enough to stand up to its custard soak and a shower of maple syrup, yet tender and fluffy enough to cut with a fork. Cooked in a generous amount of butter, the thick slices of challah become beautifully browned after just a few minutes in the skillet. 

Challah French Toast with Butter, Fruit, and Syrup Surrounded by a Fork and Napkin
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How to Make Challah French Toast

Preparing French toast from challah is no different than using other breads. The method is simple: You’ll whisk up a mixture of milk and eggs flavored with vanilla and spices, dip the pieces of bread into the custard, then pan fry them in butter until golden brown. 

I prefer a substantial (but not comically thick) Challah French Toast slice of French toast, so I aim for slices that are about 3/4 to 1 inch thick. This way, the French toast is cooked all the way through while also getting browned nicely on the outside without the butter burning. Over medium heat, the slices cook in just three minutes per side. 

You’ll want to monitor the heat on your stove, Challah French Toast since they can vary. I also recommend using a fairly heavy, nonstick skillet if you’ve got one, for the most even cooking results.

How Much French Toast Can You Make with a Loaf of Challah? 

This recipe makes 8 substantial slices of French toast. Depending on the size of your loaf of challah (some are larger and fluffier than others!) Challah French Toast That being said, you might also end up with some soaking liquid left over. 

You can stretch the amount of French toast to 12 slices if you like (by cutting thinner slices of bread), then just add another 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet to cook a third batch. 

Use Fresh or Day-Old Challah for French Toast 

Fresh or day-old challah will both work well in this recipe. That’s part of the magic of challah French toast—the bread isn’t so delicate that a fresh loaf will fall apart, but if it’s on the staler side, it will revive beautifully when given the French toast treatment. 

Other Types of Bread to Use for French Toast

Of course, you can still make French toast if you don’t have challah on hand! My favorite other kinds of bread to use are Texas toast and brioche. These are more delicate than challah, so you’ll want to reduce their soaking time to about 30 seconds instead of 1 minute. 

Crustier, more sturdier breads like baguettes or batards work too, you’ll just want to give them a longer soak in the custard (a minute or two per side) so that they can soften a bit before cooking.

Which Milk Is Okay to Use?

You can use alternative dairy and non-dairy milks for this Challah French Toast recipe too. This recipe calls for whole milk and buttermilk, which adds tanginess that contrasts well with super sweet maple syrup, but you can use 1 1/2 cups of whole milk by itself.

You can also use 1 1/2 cups of low fat or skim milk, or any plant-based milk, unsweetened or sweetened (though you’ll want to watch the browning carefully if your milk is sweetened). Around the holidays, a mix of half eggnog and half milk is good too! 

French Toast Recipe Using Challah Bread Surrounded by Coffee and More French Toast
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Serving Ideas for Challah French Toast

I like to serve my French toast simply, topped with butter and maple syrup and with a handful of berries on the side. If you want to make it extra festive, you can shower yours with powdered sugar, too. If maple syrup isn’t your thing, you can top your toast with homemade jam or even a slick of peanut butter or other nut or seed butter. 

French toast can also be a part of a bigger breakfast. Eggs, bacon (or tempeh bacon if you keep kosher and/or vegetarian), on the side are always welcome, as are fruit salads or orange wedges. 

Keeping Challah French Toast Warm

I tend to serve my French toast straight out of the skillet, while it’s still nice and warm. If you need yours to hold at a warm temperature for a little while though, place a sheet pan in a warm oven (250°F) and transfer slices to the sheet pan as they’re cooked Challah French Toast. 

Storing and Reheating Leftovers

Leftover French toast can be stored in the refrigerator, in a tightly lidded container or plastic zip top bag, for up to 3 days. 

To reheat: Heat the French toast in the toaster for a few minutes or place a couple slices on a plate in the microwave for a minute. You can also freeze leftovers in freezer bags, then pop them in the fridge the night before you plan to serve and reheat in the same way.

Challah French Toast Recipe with Butter and Fruit on Plate
Coco Morante / Simply Recipes
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Challah French Toast

Challah French Toast

  • Author: Jeanine
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 8 slices of French Toast 1x


Challah French Toast is the best bread French toast, bar none. It’s sturdy enough to stand up to its custard soak and a shower of maple syrup, yet tender and fluffy enough to cut with a fork.


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 8 (1-inch thick) slices challah

For serving

  • Powdered sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Sliced bananas or berries (optional)


  1. Make the egg mixture for the French toast:

    In an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.

    Wet Ingredients in Baking Dish for Challah French Toast Recipe
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    Challah French Toast Wet Mixture in Baking Sheet
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  2. Soak the slices of challah:

    Place once slice of challah into the egg mixture and let it sit and soak up the mixture for about 30 seconds. Gently flip the slice over and let them soak for another 30 seconds.

    Soak Challah Bread for French Toast
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    Challah French Toast Soaking in Wet Mixture
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  3. Cook the challah French toast:

    As you place challah in the egg mixture, in a large (12-inch) nonstick skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat.

    Use a pair of forks to lift out a slice of challah from the egg mixture, letting any excess liquid drip off. Transfer it to the skillet and repeat with the 3 slices of challah (you’ll cook 4 slices of challah at once).

    Cook the French toast until golden brown and cooked through, flipping halfway through cooking, about 6 minutes total. Transfer to serving plates.

    Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet and repeat the dunking and cooking steps with the rest of the slices of challah.

    Challah French Toast Cooking on Pan
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    Cooking Challah French Toast Recipe on Pan
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  4. Serve challah French toast:

    Serve the French toast warm, topped with powdered sugar, maple syrup, and sliced bananas or berries.

    Challah French Toast on a Fork with French Toast in Background on a Plate
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If you need to keep the French toast warm after cooking place them in a warm (250ºF) oven on a baking sheet as they come out of the skillet, for up to 30 minutes. If you leave them warming in the oven for longer, they will begin to dry out.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Main Course, Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Italian-American


  • Serving Size: 4 servings
  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 596mg
  • Fat: 23g
  • Saturated Fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 43g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 17g
  • Cholesterol: 263mg

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