Thursday, May 7, 2015

#Brunchweek 2015 - Perfect French Toast #sponsored

Disclaimer: Thank you to #BrunchWeek Sponsors: Bob’s Red Mill, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, California Walnuts, Dixie Crystals, Grimmway Farms/Cal-Organic/True Juice, KitchenAid, Le Creuset, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Pacari Chocolate, Stonyfield Organic, Vidalia Onions, and Woot Froot for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #BrunchWeek. All opinions are my own. 

Welcome to the third annual #BrunchWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Shaina from Take A Bite Out Of Boca. We are so excited to have you join us this year!  Celebrate Brunch with us this week as we prepare for Mother's Day. 30 Bloggers from around the country will showcase their best brunch dishes, from cocktails to casseroles, breakfast breads, sandwiches and salads - there is something for everyone!

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Join us for Brunch today with these recipes from the #BrunchWeek Bloggers!

BrunchWeek Beverages:
Grape Mojito from The Spiffy Cookie.

BrunchWeek Egg Dishes:
Caramelized Onion, Kale, Bacon and Cheddar Strata from Love and Confections.
Kale and Toasted Quinoa Egg White Scramble from Take A Bite Out Of Boca.
Breakfast Enchiladas from Cooking in Stilettos
Croque Madame Breakfast Casserole from Bread Booze Bacon.
Rainbow Chard and Cheddar Cheese Frittata from My Catholic Kitchen.

BrunchWeek Breads, Grains and Pastries:
Perfect French Toast from Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine.
Oat Breakfast Cookies from Pink Cake Plate.
Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes with Spiced Pear Syrup from The Redhead Baker.
Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Muffins from Making Miracles.
Classic Buttermilk Pancakes from That Skinny Chick Can Bake.
Bacci Bread and Pear Pudding from A Day in the Life on the Farm.
Pear Coffee Cake and Fruit & Cheese Salad from Sew You Think You Can Cook.

BrunchWeek Main Dishes:
Waldorf Quinoa Chicken Salad from Cupcake & Kale Chips.

BrunchWeek Fruits, Vegetables and Sides:
Chilled Strawberry Soup from The Suburban Soapbox

BrunchWeek Desserts:
Orange Blossom Olive Oil Cake with Mango Citrus Glaze from Taste Cook Sip.
Walnut Meringue Banana Mess from Jane's Adventures in Dinner.

What brunch spread is complete without French Toast? It's the quintessential brunch food. Plus, it's so easy and comes in so many forms that it's practically dummy-proof.

For years, I simply threw some slices of white bread in some egg and served it up with some maple syrup and thought it was just fine. Now, I know how to take "just fine" to "incredible" with a few super simple steps! Keep in mind that while you can easily sub in any bread or flavoring you like, following my instructions to a T is going to take your French toast to the next level.

Plus, with Dixie Crystals and Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract, it's easy to make this French Toast the star of your brunch table.

Perfect French Toast

  • 1 loaf challah bread, sliced to 1" thickness
  • 6-8 eggs
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Dixie Crystals brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon + 2 tbsp Dixie Crystals white sugar
  • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract
  • Butter and maple syrup

-In a large baking dish, whisk together the eggs, cream, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.

-Place challah slices in the mixture, and let sit for 5 minutes on each side, until fully saturated with the egg mixture.

-In a griddle or frying pan over medium heat, melt a pat of butter. Place bread in pan and cook until browned on each side.

-Serve hot, with butter and maple syrup, or fresh fruit and whipped cream.


  1. You're right Ashley, every brunch needs French Toast.

  2. Oh - I am SO making this for Mother's Day!

  3. I am all about French toast....this looks wonderful!

  4. I've never made french toast with challah but I bet it's amazing! I love french toast for brunch.

  5. That really does look perfect! My ten year old loves to make french toast... I'll request your version for mother's day.

  6. Sorry about all the typos, I'm a passenger in a moving car!

  7. Loving all these recipes! My brother swears by French toast, but it is something I have never made!

  8. Challah is the best bread ever to use for french toast. Looks great!

  9. You can't go wrong with french toast! Even better with good bread.

  10. Sounds like the perfect French toast recipe! Adding cream, a bit of sugar and vanilla turns ordinary to extraordinary!

  11. French Toast is my favorite. I really need to try it with challah!

  12. These French toasts look fabulous!! Love them :)

  13. mmmm this french toast absolutely does look perfect! gorgeous photos!