The perfect and easy recipe for left over challah bread or any rich egg bread is Lazy Sunday French Toast. Start it Saturday night because it needs to sit in the refrigerator overnight, thus leaving your Sunday morning for lazing around instead of laboring over making breakfast. You can use this recipe as a base and make it with many additions, such as chocolate chips, nuts, cinnamon, ginger or fresh fruit. It really just depends on your tastes.
1 Cup Maple Syrup
1 Medium Loaf Challah, sliced 1 1/2 inch thick
1 Cup Half & Half
2 Teaspoons Vanilla
2 Teaspoons Bourbon*
Pinch of Salt
Powered Sugar for Garnish
* You can omit or replace the bourbon with rum, orange-flavored brandy liqueur, or orange juice.
In a 9×13″ baking pan pour the maple syrup to cover the bottom evenly. Arrange the sliced challah or other bread into the bottom of the pan in one layer squeezing them slightly to make them fit. Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, half & half, vanilla, bourbon, and salt. Pour over the bread. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight, or a minimum of eight hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove pan from refridgerator and uncover. Place in oven and bake for 35-40 until golden brown.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve while hot.
Then go, enjoy the rest of your Sunday.