Golden, egg-rich challah makes the most decadent French toast, since it really soaks up the custard and adds a richness of its own. And, because the entire dish can be assembled the night before it’s popped into the oven, it’s the ideal dish for an easy brunch.
Meyer Lemon French Toast
- Unsalted butter for greasing
- 1 loaf day-old challah, about 1 lb. (500 g) cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) slices
- 6 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 cups (16 fl. oz./500 ml) half-and-half
- 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
- Grated zest of 2 Meyer lemons
- 1/4 cup (2 oz./60 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
- Blackberries or raspberries for garnish (optional)
- Maple syrup for serving
Butter the bottom of a large sauté pan. Set aside.
In a large, shallow baking dish or on a rimmed baking sheet, arrange the bread slices in a single layer.
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, lemon zest and brown sugar until combined. Pour the mixture over the bread and let stand until the bread has absorbed some of the liquid, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn the bread slices over and let sit until the bread absorbs the remaining liquid, 1 to 2 minutes more.
Remove the bread from the baking dish and arrange the slices in the prepared sauté pan, overlapping them slightly. Pour any of the liquid remaining in the baking dish over the bread. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
Preheat an oven to 350°F (180°C).
Transfer the pan, still covered with the aluminum foil, to the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until the French toast is puffy and the top of the bread is lightly browned, about 15 minutes more.
Garnish with the berries and serve immediately, passing the maple syrup alongside. Serves 6 to 8.
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Do you have to bake the toast in a sauté pan or can you just a baking dish.
You could definitely use a baking dish as well!
meyer lemon French toast
Is there a way I could make this for two people? If so what would the recipe bee?
It sounds wonderful great idea the lemons are they local to a specific part of the US?
Susan, if you have a Mac or iOS device get PAPRIKA RECIPE MANAGER. I put all these recipes into it and it propagates to any Mac or iOS device. You can cut the portion size down or increase the portion size with the SCALE feature. 🙂
Hi Susan, We wouldn’t recommend scaling the recipe down, unfortunately. Meyer lemons aren’t local to a specific part of the United States, but are rather more of a seasonal item (they’re widely available at the end of winter and spring).
Cook French toast according to recipe instructions and allow to cool on a wire rack. Place a sheet of wax paper between each slice of French toast. Wrap the French toast stack tightly in aluminum foil or place inside a heavy-duty freezer bag and freeze. Use the frozen French toast within 1 to 2 months for best quality.