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Pain Perdu (Challah French Toast with Almonds)

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Author: Olive
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Ingredients (click ingredient to buy it)

  • 2 TABLESPOONS ORANGE LIQUEUR I DON’T HAVE THIS, SO I JUST USE 1 TEASPOON OF ORANGE EXTRACT MIXED WITH ENOUGH WATER TO MAKE 2 TBSPS OF “ORANGE-WATER”, DIVIDED
  • 3 LARGE EGGS
  • 1 CUP MILK OR HALF-AND-HALF
  • 2 TABLESPOONS HONEY
  • 1 TEASPOON PURE VANILLA EXTRACT
  • 1/2 TEASPOON GRATED ORANGE ZEST
  • 1/2 TEASPOON SALT
  • 4-5 THICK SLICES OF CHALLAH OR BRIOCHE BREAD
  • UNSALTED BUTTER OR MARGARINE
  • VEGETABLE OIL
  • 1/3 CUP SLICED BLANCHED ALMONDS
  • CONFECTIONERS’ SUGAR TO SERVE
  • HONEY TO SERVE (OPTIONAL)
  • FOR SERVING:
  • 1 – 1/2 CUPS FRESH FRUITS LIKE STRAWBERRIES MANGO, KIWI
  • 2 TABLESPOON SUGAR

Instructions

  • COMBINE THE SLICED FRUITS, TABLESPOON OF THE SUGAR IN A SMALL BOWL AND SET ASIDE.
  • PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 250 DEGREES F.
  • IN A LARGE BOWL, WHISK TOGETHER THE EGGS, MILK, HONEY, 1 TABLESPOON OF SUGAR, ORANGE WATER, THE VANILLA, ORANGE ZEST, AND SALT. SLICE THE BREAD IN 3/4-INCH SLICES. POUR THE EGG MIXTURE INTO A LARGE SHALLOW PLATE AND SOAK A FEW SLICES OF BREAD FOR 4 MINUTES, TURNING ONCE.
  • HEAT 1 TABLESPOON EACH OF BUTTER AND OIL IN A VERY LARGE SAUTE PAN OVER MEDIUM HEAT. TAKE EACH SLICE OF BREAD FROM THE EGG MIXTURE, DIP ONE SIDE IN ALMONDS, AND PLACE IN THE SAUTE PAN, ALMOND SIDE DOWN. (WHILE YOU’RE COOKING EACH BATCH, ADD MORE BREAD TO THE EGG MIXTURE TO SOAK.)
  • COOK FOR 2 TO 3 MINUTES ON EACH SIDE, UNTIL NICELY BROWNED. PLACE THE COOKED BREAD ON A BAKING SHEET AND KEEP IT WARM IN THE OVEN. WIPE OUT THE PAN WITH A DRY PAPER TOWEL, ADD MORE BUTTER AND OIL, AND CONTINUE TO FRY THE REMAINING SOAKED BREAD UNTIL THEY’RE ALL COOKED. SPRINKLE WITH CONFECTIONERS’ SUGAR AND SERVE HOT WITH THE STRAWBERRIES OR MIXED MACERATED FRESH FRUITS.
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