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Believe it or not, I have never been a big fan of french toast. Maybe because it always seemed to be too soggy or too dry, I don't know. But my husband asked me to make this version, which is unlike any I've had before. It is phenomenal! I like it with fresh blackberries, my husband likes lingonberries. Either way, it's delicious!


  • 1 loaf challah (you can also use brioche or any other egg bread)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (I use double strength)
  • oil for cooking
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar


  • Directions
  • Combine cinnamon and sugar; set aside.
  • Cut challah into cubes, totalling approx. 6 cups when done.
  • Whisk together: eggs, 1/2&1/2, milk, and vanilla extract.
  • Split vanilla bean; scrape seeds. Add to egg mixture.
  • Pour egg mixture over challah; toss to coat thoroughly.
  • Working with 1/2 of bread mixture at a time, heat 2-3 tbsp oil in a pan and add bread.
  • Saute` over med-high heat until golden brown on all sides.
  • Add 3 Tbsp butter to the pan and toss until butter melts and all the bread is coated.
  • Add 1/2 cup sugar to the pan, and toss; continue to toss until the sugar melts completely and begins to turn a light gold.
  • Transfer to a platter and repeat with remaining ingredients.
  • No syrup is needed! Fresh blackberries or lingonberry preserves are wonderful with this recipe. Enjoy!

Categories: French Toast 
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