Dec 072013
 

You’re probably thinking that Challah French Toast isn’t the most “cook-tush” approved meal, but some occasions just warrant a little french toast. For example, if your boyfriend coordinates with your entire family, flies to Chicago the day after Thanksgiving, completely shocks you, and PROPOSES, I would say he probably deserves some french toast. Yep, that actually happened and I am so excited to say that I am engaged! So, a little Challah French Toast with Bananas and Blackberries was definitely in order.
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This is the perfect way to use up your leftover Hannukah challah…and of course, even though it was for my sweets loving fiance, I still took a few cook tush liberties to lighten it up a bit. I used mostly egg whites and vanilla soy milk, and served it with plenty of fruit. Let’s just say this morning after eating this, Jeff new he made a good decision.
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The other great thing about french toast is that it’s super easy and only takes about 20-30 minutes total. Perfect for a lazy Saturday breakfast in bed.
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Challah French Toast with Fresh Fruit 
adapted from Ina Garten (makes 8 large slices)
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What’s in it:
6 large or extra large eggs, 3 whole, 3 whites only
1 1/2 cups vanilla soy milk (almond milk or regular milk will work too) *I recommend using the sweetened almond milk or soy milk because that way you don’t need to add any additional sweeteners
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large loaf challah or brioche bread (or if you want to be even more health concious, choose a whole grain loaf)
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
Nonstick cooking spray

To serve:
Pure maple syrup
Sliced bananas and blackberries (or other fruit of choice)
Toasted pecans or walnuts
cinnamon for dusting

How to make it:

1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

2. In a large shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, soy milk, orange zest, cinnamon and salt. Slice the challah in 3/4-inch thick slices. Soak as many slices in the egg mixture as possible for 5 minutes, turning once.

3. Heat griddle pan or large saute pan over medium high heat. Spray with cooking spray and melt half the butter. Add the soaked bread and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, until nicely browned. Place the cooked French toast on a sheet pan and keep it warm in the oven. Cook the remaining soaked bread slices, adding butter and oil as needed, until it’s all cooked.

4. Top with fresh fruit, nuts, sprinkle of cinnamon, and maple syrup. Enjoy!

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And here’s sneak peak at the happy couple and the lucky recipient of the french toast. But really I’m the lucky one :)
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  One Response to “Challah French Toast and some big news”

  1. hooray!!!

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