Barefoot Contessa's Challah French Toast

"I just watched Barefoot Contessa and she made a romantic breakfast for dinner for her husband. I have posted the other things she made which are recipe #85443, recipe #85449, and recipe #85451. She also made sausage links which I'm sure everyone knows how to cook in a pan ;>"
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  • 1 loaf challah, sliced and left out to dry
  • 1 12 cups whole milk or 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 pinch salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 12 teaspoon grated orange zest, to taste
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla
  • butter (for frying)
  • oil (for frying)


  • In a shallow dish large enough to hold three slices of challah side by side, whisk eggs and milk.
  • Add orange zest, honey and vanilla.
  • Add salt.
  • Place three slices of the bread in the egg mixture and let soak about three minutes each side.
  • Meanwhile melt one tbsp of butter and oil each in a large frying pan.
  • Transfer challah to pan and cook 3 minutes on each side or until nicely browned.
  • Add a little more butter for each round of bread.
  • If you are making the other recipes transfer french toast to oven until rest of meal is complete.

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  1. A teaspoon of Anise & a dash of nutmeg, & agave.. add fresh orange juice & sliver almonds. When I cater my parties, The Almond French toast with challah is always a hit. I make 2 to 3 different recipes on the French toast style adding liquor. Or a nice chocolate or cherry liquor or Greek yogurt. Explore ur options. You’ll never know what you’ll come up with. This batch I add a little orange blossom water & add the zest, orange juice. My son just land home from California & I thought about having him try this batch . Have fun doing a mix!!
  2. I made it with lemon zest and I loved it! It was the best french toast I've ever had. I'll be making it again. Thanks for the recipe.
  3. Finally the quintessential french toast recipe that my husband and I have been craving!
  4. I made it exactly as written, using 1/2 and 1/2. Ina Garten never lets me down. The honey and orange zest gave it a great flavor, but next time I will substitute brown sugar and cinnamon for a more traditional flavor. You cannot go wrong with using challah...WOW!!!
  5. This recipe is excellent. I skipped the salt, honey and used non-fat milk and it turned out great. I also used a brioche with raisins and cinnamon which made it extra good.


  1. We didn't use Challah bread, but we used a Brioche from a local bakery. <b>It was delicious</b>, still. We only got 4 slices of french toast out of it because our bread was thick and really soaked up the batter. We used milk instead of half-and-half and used the bacon fat from bacon we had just cooked on the griddle instead of butter. <i>Mmmm!</i> It was a great way to start a sunny Sunday morning.


I am a mother of my 5 year old beautiful, sweet boy! And a 2 year old gorgeous little girl! I am very fortunate to be able to stay home with them. Yeah I thrive for adult conversation but that's what 'zaar is for right?! I would love to go back to school someday for either interior design, or business and culinary school to start up my own bakery or catering business, or even photography. That would be my dream come true! I married my best friend on June 22, 2003. DH works allllll day(60 hours a week) 5 days a week so I dont get to see him as much as I wish but that's why I cook dinner and treasure dinner time. It's our time to unwind together. We love watching movies together. He's a Star Wars and Lord of the Rings nerd. I love them too but don't admit it often or I will have to watch them every day! I'm a feminest, which it turns out I have been since birth, but my best friend going to school for woman's studies and sharing her knowledge, amplifies it.I would love to see a world where my children aren't condemmed to the gender rolls we give them. My Mom is an amazing cook and I picked up cooking from her, but I really am self taught. I love to experiment and try new things. I'm like a Jewish or Italian mom, forcing people to try everything I make and I don't take "no" for an answer! The whole saying that you are either a cooker or a baker is so not true, I am both! My best friend is a cooker and baker too she makes the best cake you could ever taste! (she won't post the me!!)but she makes some killer meals too! I just love getting a ton of ingredients out, make a appetizer, a meal with three or four parts to it,and then bake a kick a$$ dessert to follow, clean up and have all your family and friends grab a big dish and stuff yourselves, the feeling you get when you finally sit down is, to me, comparible to sex!
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