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've never used frozen challah, but I would defrost it in the fridge, then unwrap it and place it on the baking sheet in a draft-free place to rise (to about double its present size). Then glaze lightly with an egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake.
If you mean already baked bread, it will make better french toast if you leave it out to dry out a little, possibly uncovered. They should thaw out in a half hour or so from frozen.
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.
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!!