frozen challah mystery
I ordered 2 loaves of frozen challah bread from Fresh Direct (Shabtai brand) to use in a french toast casserole I'm going to make tomorrow for brunch. I can not figure out now what to do with them-- should I just leave them on the counter to defrost or will they get soggy? Should I pop them in the oven to defrost? There are no instructions of any kind on the label, and I'm a little at a loss. Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks!
I believe that Fresh Direct challah is already baked. Just take it out of the freezer and defrost in the bag in which it was frozen--about an hour to an hour and a half or so on the countertop. I made our Christmas morning French Toast with defrosted challah and think that it comes out better than fresh. Enjoy!!
I have used frozen challah many times. Remove from platic wrap and place on a parchment lined baking sheet, cover loosely with plastic wrap and let defrost to room temperature. It will also rise during this time. I usually leave mine for about 6 hours to get a good rise (it usually doubles in size, sometimes not that much). I bake it at about 350 for 30 - 35 minutes. You can also brush it with a bit of beaten egg before going into the oven if you like, though probably not necessary if you are making french toast casserole.
Hint: I would bake them today and then slice the challah to dry out overnight for your french toast - not sure if this would enhance your particular recipe or not, but it works well for my raspberry french toast bake.
Sounds yummy for New Year's Day morning! Enjoy.