Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins
An unusual name for a breakfast recipe, I know. The name comes from the way this French toast looks when it is baked - it is baked whole, with cuts down the center marking off each serving slice - giving it the appearance of a hedgehog...well, sort of...you have to use your imagination. Adapted from Country Living years ago.
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup skim milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 lb braided challah, unsliced
- 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled
- 1⁄3 cup maple syrup
- 3 large fresh strawberries, with stems (optional)
- The night before, grease a 7x11" baking pan.
- Beat eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon together.
- Using a serrated knife, trim off the crust from the bread sides, leaving top and bottom intact.
- Place the whole loaf of bread with the long sides facing you.
- Using knife, starting from one short end and making your way from right to left, make 7 evenly spaced cuts halfway through the bread, making it look like a fan.
- Place bread in pan and pour egg mixture on top, making sure it gets inside the cuts too.
- Cover and chill overnight (or at least several hours).
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Unwrap and bake 15 minutes.
- Cover with foil and bake another 30-35 minutes, or until cooked through.
- Meanwhile, slice berries, stir in syrup and set aside.
- Place bread onto a serving platter and top with berries, garnishing with a few perfect large berries.
Love this and so does my family, since Chanukah is hard to find here I have made it with french bread or unsliced homemade white bread.