Today’s the Friday before Labour Day weekend and therefore the perfect time to post this new recipe to the blog! This week’s recipe is for a super indulgent breakfast dish that the whole family can enjoy. My Challah French toast with grilled nectarines and plums is a real treat. And since it’s a long weekend, you’ll technically have one more day to burn off all the calories from eating it, haha! Or just treat yourself without guilt – trust me, you’ll loaf this one!
The inspiration for this recipe actually came from leftovers in my fridge! If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that my husband and I went on a little beach picnic last weekend. We had some leftover nectarines and plums from our picnic that I wanted to use up, as well as some leftover blueberries and raspberries that had been kicking around in our fridge. I also had a bottle of raspberry maple syrup from my visit to Barrie Hill Farms that I wanted to incorporate somehow into one of my recipes. So, I thought French toast topped with blueberries and raspberries and served with grilled nectarines and plums would be a winner!
Since it’s just my husband and me at home and our schedule is always different from week to week, a lot of the food in our fridge unfortunately goes to waste. I’ve been making a conscious effort lately to buy only what we need and use up what we have. After preparing this recipe this week for the blog, I had so many leftovers that I ended up inviting a friend over for dinner (she ate this for dessert), giving some to my next door neighbours, and I also gave some away to the hungry in my neighbourhood.
There are a few different ways you can make this dish. You can either serve the grilled nectarines and plums (grilled peaches would work too) on top of the French toast or on the side.
As a side, I topped the grilled fruit with crumbled feta cheese and drizzled with a fig glaze. The French toast could be served in individual slices or as a stack, using mascarpone cheese in between each layer.
What Kind of Bread to Use?
When making French toast, probably the most important consideration is which bread to use. You want a bread that is very sturdy and spongy. I’ve tried regular white bread in the past, which just seemed to fall apart. Brioche is one of the most popular choices and actually what I originally planned to use. But when I went to the market, none of the bakeries had any Brioche. I used Challah as a substitute, which I figured would be kosher to do 😉 . As a rich, eggy yeast bread, Challah is very similar to Brioche. The only difference is that Challah is not made with butter, but that has no impact on this recipe. Another trick is to use day old bread, which will be even stronger than fresh bread. Lastly, if you can buy the bread as a loaf, it will be even better, so you can cut it yourself and control the thickness of each slice. I recommend cutting about double the size of regular white bread slices.
Here is the recipe.
I know you’re going to enjoy this one – it was a real slice to make!