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Challah French Toast

French Toast Sticks
French Toast Sticks with powdered sugar on top. Made with challah bread.Getty Images

Chef notes

Soft and slightly sweet challah bread makes the best French toast as it crisps up on the edges but stays soft and almost custard-like in the center. Serve this with plenty of butter and maple syrup!


  • 1 large loaf challah bread
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Butter for frying, plus more for serving
  • Maple syrup



Slice the challah into 1-inch-thick slices.


In  a medium-shallow baking pan, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, salt and cinnamon. Working in batches, place a couple slices of the bread in the pan in at a time and let soak a few seconds before turning.


While the bread soaks, melt a couple tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 to 3 slices of bread in at a time cooking until golden brown on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Repeat with rest of the soaked bread.


Serve with additional butter and maple syrup.