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Challah French Toast Casserole

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Challah French Toast Casserole is perfect to serve at Christmas breakfast or brunch. Sweet, beautiful and easy to make ahead of time so you can enjoy all the festivities. Using a rich bread is key to a successful dish.

We have suggested recipes for the wonderful days of festivities, from meat to fish to vegetarian, making everyone welcome at your table. A Merry and a Happy Christmas to all who are celebrating. Recipe is below.

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Challah French Toast Casserole


Serves 6-8


1 loaf challah                                                                                                 

1 stick butter, unsalted, softened

½ tablespoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon salt

6 egg yolks

2 whole eggs

¾ cup sugar

3 ½ cups half and half

1 tablespoon vanilla

¼ cup orange marmalade


1. Cream the softened butter with the cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. 

2. Slice the challah into 1-inch slices, so it yields about 8 slices. Spread the butter over one side of each slice.

3. Shingle the slices in a 9x13 dish

4. Whisk the yolks and eggs together with the sugar and set aside

5. Heat the half and half and the vanilla in a pot until hot but not boiling. Slowly ladle the hot cream into the eggs. Whisk in between each pouring so the eggs do not scramble. 

6. Pour custard over the bread and soak for 10 minutes. 

7. Bake covered for 45 minutes at 350F. Spread the marmalade over the top of the French toast when it comes out of the oven and dust with powdered sugar.

ExpandtheTable suggestions

Gluten Free: Use a gluten free challah.

Make it Dairy Free: Substitute dairy free margarine for butter, and non-dairy milk.

Sugar free: Use Stevia in place of sugar. Use sugar-free orange marmalade. Use a sugar-free challah.

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