Challah French toast with strawberry syrup makes for a pretty posh brunch or a sunny weeknight dinner. A sweet syrup made from fresh strawberries elevates the warmly spiced challah to a whole new level of scrumptiousness.
This recipe is a family favorite that recalls great memories of our family vacations at the beach with Uncle Rob (my brother-in-law), who would prepare this decadent version.–Cynthia Graubart
Challah French Toast with Strawberry Syrup
Challah is a braided egg bread well suited to this dish, but sourdough, French bread, or brioche is a good substitute, if need be. Strawberry syrup is the crowning touch to an already gorgeous dish.
For the strawberry syrup
For the challah French toast
Make the strawberry syrup
In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring the strawberries, water, sugar, corn syrup, lemon juice, and salt to a boil. Reduce heat if required to prevent boil-over. Cook until thickened, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat.
Place a metal sieve over a glass or metal bowl. Strain strawberry mixture, using the back of a spoon, press the solids against the sieve to release all the liquid. Discard solids or save them for another use. Cool syrup, and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Strawberry solids can be used as a compote on the French toast or mixed with yogurt for a sweet treat. Leftover syrup is delicious as a topping for vanilla ice cream or can be used to flavor carbonated water!
Make the challah French toast
Preheat oven to 200°F (95°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large, wide bowl, combine eggs, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and brown sugar, whisk until well incorporated. Stir in milk and vanilla.
Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add 1 tablespoon of butter. Dip two bread slices in egg batter and let soak until completely coated and some of the egg custard is absorbed, about 30 seconds. Add to hot skillet and cook until crisp and brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn and cook on the second side, until crisp and brown, 2 to 3 minutes more. As the slices are cooked, move them to the prepared baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with remaining butter and bread slices.
Sprinkle slices with confectioners’ sugar, top with strawberry slices, and drizzle with strawberry syrup. Serve warm, with a side of bacon if desired.
Serving: 1servingCalories: 368kcal (18%)Carbohydrates: 60g (20%)Protein: 13g (26%)Fat: 9g (14%)Saturated Fat: 3g (19%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 215mg (72%)Sodium: 289mg (13%)Potassium: 323mg (9%)Fiber: 4g (17%)Sugar: 32g (36%)Vitamin A: 425IU (9%)Vitamin C: 60mg (73%)Calcium: 128mg (13%)Iron: 3mg (17%)
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Originally published August 29, 2021