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FRENCH TOAST BRUNCH FOR A CROWD

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I just picked up the two and half foot long Challah Bread from Zaro's. It is so delicious, the aroma just fills the kitchen.

I am looking for a great recipe for French Toast that I can make in quantity. For eight people with lots left over.


I am making a Brunch for my Grandmother and a some of her friends. She is almost 100, God Bless her, and loves French Toast. The rest of the Menu is Kir Royale, French Toast with assorted Jams and Toppings, like Maple Syrup, Honey Butter, and a fresh fruit salad .

I would like to make it ahead in my kitchen, and bring it over to her house already done.

I would like to make extra so she can put it in her freezer. I have heard French Toast can be frozen, and re-heated in a Toaster Oven.

I looked at Cook'a Illustrated 's recipe, and it calls for flour ??? Does this sound right ?

Any ideas and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Cut it in slices or chunks - soak in a mixture of milk &/or cream, eggs, vanilla, sugar &/or maple syrup - and orange zest - put in a casserole (add sliced bananas if you want) - sprinkle top with more sugar and bake -

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    1. re: harryharry

      Don't remember where I got this recipe, but it's fabulous. Make two, serve one at the brunch, make individual size servings out of the other to freeze for your Grandmother.

      10 cups white bread cubes
      1 - 8 oz package low fat cream cheese, softened
      8 eggs
      1 1/2 cups milk
      2/3 cup half and half
      1/2 cup maple syrup
      1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
      2 tablespoons confectioners sugar

      Place bread cubes in lightly greased 9x13 inch baking pan.
      In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer at medium speed until smooth.
      Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
      Stir in milk, half and half, maple syrup, and vanilla until mixture is smooth.
      Pour the cream cheese mixture over the bread, cover and refrigerate overnight.
      The next morning, remove souffle from refrigerator, let stand at room temperature for 30 min.
      Preheat oven to 375 degrees
      Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes in the preheated oven or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
      Sprinkle with confectioners sugar, serve warm.

      Yummy and easy to transport. Also have made Ina's challah french toast. Yummy too.

      1. re: Axalady

        I've been making this exact recipe for years and it is always a hit. A friend gave me the recipe so I'm not sure where it really comes from...

      2. re: harryharry

        Thanks, but I am looking for a classis recipe for Frenct Toast, battered and fried in butter that can be reheated.

      3. This Baked French Toast Casserole may not be exactly what you're looking for, but it is delicious (and sinful)! My grandmother (who lived to 99) would have loved it!

        http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

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        1. re: valerie

          Thanks for all the delicious recipes.

          I am really looking for a terrific French Toast recipe made with the Challah bread sliced thick, dipped in a delicious milk,egg bath, then pan fried in butter.

          One that can be pprepared ahead and reheated.

          And frozen in individual slices to be reheated in a toaster oven.

          1. re: Fleur

            Fleur, here's a link to the Ina Garten Challah French Toast recipe I mentioned:
            http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

            1. re: Fleur

              If standard French toast is what you're looking for I'm not sure you really need a recipe. You can just use whole milk to make it richer and maybe sprinkle in some cinnamon or nutmeg and some vanilla.

          2. not very chowish, and this may be common knowledge but it was new to me --- you can make various flavored 'syrups' for people to choose from by heating fruit jellies and applesauce (throw in clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, or any other spices might complement the fruit for each one)

            1. I've been wanting to try this deep dish brioche french toast recipe for forever but tend to prefer savory over sweet for breakfast. Sounds like your grandmother would like it...

              http://www.leitesculinaria.com/recipe...

              1. I have a great recipe for french toast. Use your challah bread as it makes the best french toast. Here is the recipe.

                2 cups half and half or whip cream
                2 cups milk
                1/3 cup white sugar
                1/4 tsp cinnamon
                4 eggs
                Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with Pam. Lay bread in the dish and pour this mixture over. Soak overnight in refrigerator and fry in butter the next morning. DELICIOUS. I put maple syrup and fresh fruit on mine but you can put out jam if you like or anything you want to go on top.