Challah for Orange Almond Swirl French Toast
Perfect for a leisurely Sunday brunch, baked French toast is so easy to make. The Orange Almond Swirl Bread (see recipe below) I used for the French toast is made from Voilà! Hallah Traditional Egg Bread Mix, but you may use any bread. Bake it just before serving and welcome your guests with an out-of-this-world aroma, blending sweet orange, vanilla, cinnamon and a smidge of nutmeg. May serve with any syrup, a bit of caramelized apples or peaches (sautéed in butter), whipped cream or just plain, as it is plenty sweet from the orange-almond swirl challah. You will be surprised how easy it would be to impress your family and friends.
Baked Almond Orange Swirl Challah French Toast Recipe
slices Voilà! Hallah bread, 1" thick (recipe below)
- ¼ cup butter, melted
in a baking pan in the oven
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ¾ tsp cinnamon
- ¾ cup milk, heavy
cream or half & half
tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350° F.;
- Place butter in the baking pan that will accommodate the challah slices. I used a 9x13 Pyrex. Place pan in the oven to melt the butter.
- Mix eggs, milk and vanilla in a bowl.
- Mix sugar and spices in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over buttered
bottom of pan.
- Place challah slices in the pan and pour egg mixture all over.
- Let stand in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or overnight, until egg mixture
- Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.
- Follow instructions 1 and 2 on the back of a box
of Voilà! Hallah.
- Instead of dividing
the dough into small portions for braiding, flatten the dough and stretch it
into a large rectangle.
- Then spread about ½ cup homemade orange peel
marmalade all over dough, drizzl about ¼ cup date molasses (can substitute
with maple syrup) or sprinkle ¼ cup brown sugar.
- Finish with a generous
sprinkle of sliced almonds (about 1/3 cup).
- Roll the dough
jellyroll-style, placed in an oiled or parchment-lined bread pan, paint with
egg wash all over, let rise 45 minutes in a warm, draft-free area.
- Bake in a
350° F preheated oven for 30 minutes.
- Bread is
done if it sounds hollow when tapped on bottom with fingers. If not ready bake for another 5 minutes and