Exclusive Recipe: Challah French Toast

Enjoy an exclusive look at Shade‘s wildly popular Challah French Toast dish.

Chef Claire Smith’s original French toast recipe, inspired by her Kentucky-raised grandfather, is prepared with buttery, house-made challah bread, which blows away slices of white. Pssst: The secret to her great French toast includes crème de cacao and a touch of orange.

Challah French Toast


  • 1 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon crème de cacao
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Kentucky bourbon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest
  • 8 3/4inch slices of challah bread cut on the bias
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter


  • whipped cream
  • maple syrup
  • powdered sugar
  • fresh berries

In a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, crème de cacao, salt and orange zest. Pour the mixture into a shallow baking dish. Heat a nonstick sauté pan or griddle on medium heat. Dip the bread slices into the egg and cream mixture and soak on both sides. Melt 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter in the heated pan and immediately add a couple of egg/cream-dipped slices of bread. Cook until golden brown, approximately 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on a serving platter. Repeat with the remaining slices of bread. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup, whipped cream and berries.

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