Challah French Toast Breakfast

Enjoy Challah French Toast Breakfast Recipe for a holiday breakfast or brunch. Serve with delicious maple syprup and orange zest!

Challah French Toast Breakfast Recipe

One of the ways to give during the holidays is to get together with friends for a meal where everyone contributes.

Challah French Toast Breakfast

The holidays are a beautiful gift! And there are many creative ideas and homemade gifts to give! Like this French Toast Breakfast idea!

I like to think of these ways of giving: Food, togetherness, time, and love!

The gift of food. You’ll love this French toast gift idea below!

The gift of togetherness. There are families who choose to no longer give gifts during Christmastime, but instead just spend time together.

The gift of time. Or the families who give of their time, to serve another family or those who are “without.” It can be as simple as driving the elderly for errands, doing yard work, getting groceries, etc.

A gift of love. I’ve gone through the many seasons of giving in my lifetime. Being a young girl, a single woman, then married. Having children changed everything, at least for a time. Now we’re coming out of that season and our kids are embarking on “young adulthood” … which may bring us full-circle to no gifts?

Whatever the season, or gift, it’s all about love …

Challah French Toast Breakfast Recipe

I’ve learned to embrace people’s views on gift-giving. I believe that gift-giving is a love language.

Some people love to give. Others decide “we don’t give any more–it’s about being together.” Some do that not out of pride, but to fight materialism. I give a hearty amen to this, but at the same time a new season will come along (like having children) and will we be willing to change our traditions?

Being able to bend and do things a little different each year is a huge gift to give your family!

Challah French Toast Breakfast Recipe

Challah French Toast Breakfast Recipe

Our friends Minor and Jeannie always give the gift of “time” or “food”, last year giving us our Christmas Day Breakfast using a fresh loaf of Challah bread.

Very fun! We enjoyed this Challah French Toast Breakfast Recipe on Christmas morn a few years back.

They gave it to us wrapped up in a basket–a fresh loaf of Challah Bread, and Jeannie’s beautifully written recipe, and Minor’s art! A keepsake for sure!

Breakfast Recipe Basket

GIFT IDEA: In a beautiful basket, add a fresh loaf of Challah bread (in Medford I would buy it at Great Harvest) with a bag of oranges (for zest, and the rest possibly for fresh squeezed orange juice?), with a quality bottle of maple syrup. Don’t forget to add the recipe to the basket! And any other fun items that would complete the basket.

ENJOY and Happy Weekend, Friends!

This year, what is the “love language” of giving from your family? Time, gifts, food … ?

Challah French Toast Breakfast Recipe

Challah French Toast Breakfast Recipe
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Challah French Toast Breakfast Recipe

Great for Christmas morning. Makes 8 large slices. Original source from Ina Garten.
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 6


  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk or 1/2 & 1/2
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 loaf Challah bread
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. oil


  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
  • Prepare the above ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk together.
  • Soak the slices of bread in egg mixture for 5 minutes.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp. butter and 1 Tbsp. oil in a frying pan. Add the soaked bread and cook 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Place in the heated oven to keep warm until served.
  • Serve with warm maple syrup or raspberry preserves with sifted confectioners sugar.

More holiday breakfast recipes: French Toast Roll Ups [The Baker Mama], Apple Challah Bread Recipe [A Spicy Perspective], Chocolate French Toast Casserole [Crazy for Crust], and my Baked Pumpkin Egg Nog French Toast (watch the video!)

Challah French Toast Breakfast

15 comments on “Challah French Toast Breakfast”

  1. We do gifts. Definitely the love language of my hubby and even myself is giving gifts to bless others. But mine also is food and time. If I didn’t get gifts but just had time with family I’d be happy.

  2. This looks like the perfect Sunday morning breakfast!

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  4. The receipe is amazing. My little 10 year old critic really love the challah french toast.

  5. Beautiful dish. Merry Christmas Friend!!

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  7. Love the idea of food as a gift. Loved this post!

  8. Such a great post. We have always loved getting gifts for others (friends and family). Over the years that has changed at times due to finances. This year we are only doing gifts for our girls…at first I thought “gee that seems selfish”, but there are so many people we’d love to give gifts to that it would be too hard to decide who gets gifts and who doesn’t. One thing we always did with our girls gifts is to write meaningful notes to them on each gift and before they could open them they had to read the message. I still do it. We’ve also at times adopted families and given gifts. Whether the gifts were store bought or handmade, they were always well thought out and with lots of love.

    The recipe sounds yummy too

  9. Amazing!! What a wonderful gift and what a wonderful post, Sandy! You’re so beautiful, so glad I know you! :D

  10. This is a beautiful post. You always inspire me! Love this French toast. Merry Christmas to you, sweet friend!

  11. Thank you for sharing the french toast recipe…it looks scrumptious! I love to bake, and always make tons of different cookies to “gift” to friends and family, so I guess my “love language” is the gift of time. I buy store boughts gifts, too, but I love to share my favorite desserts with loved ones! Merry Christmas to you and your family, Sandy!

  12. My love language always ends up being food. It’s been that way since I was five years old, and I don’t see it changing anytime soon. I love the loaf of bread gift idea. Perfect for the neighbors!

  13. I love this post! Not only for the recipe but for the message. Sharing of oneself and being together as a family is the most important thing! My beautiful daughter was born (27 yrs ago) on December19th after losing my first daughter full term. She made me realize that she was the most important thing – much better than the frenzy of buying gifts. The gift of family s precious!

  14. We are Jewish and my Aunt makes the most incredible homemade challah bread. Let me tell you, it makes the best French toast!! Love your thoughts on family, love and Christmas gifts. :) (We celebrate Christmas, too.)

    • Liz, my Mom’s side of the family is Jewish but we also celebrate Christmas! The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the recipe was “This would be great for breakfast one of the days of Hanukkah!”

      Sandy, I really love this post and the story that goes along with it! What a sweet friend! I might steal the idea if that’s okay :)

      Happy Holidays!

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