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Challah Bread French Toast with Lemon Mascarpone

Challah Bread French Toast with Lemon Mascarpone

When my husband and I got married almost 2 years ago in beautiful Sonoma, California, we had our wedding at a gorgeous hotel that had some serious delicious food. Honestly, everything we ate in Sonoma was just amazing. For reals. It might have been all the wine tasting, but everything there is so fresh and delicious. Anyway, the morning of our wedding, my husband, who usually has a very sensitive stomach decided to order himself a nice breakfast. I was surprised to hear that he ate anything that morning as I knew he was dreading the day ahead and probably wouldn’t want to eat much. And no, it was not because he didn’t want to marry me. He wanted to marry me so hard. But, he was freaking out about the fact that people were going to be looking at him…all day long…Don’t worry, he survived the torture of being the center of attention. I asked him what he ordered for breakfast that morning. He told me that he ordered some delicious french toast that was topped with some lemon mascarpone. Um, WHAT?! Lemon mascarpone. On french toast. I want to eat that. Now! I told myself that I needed to try to make it at home as we love having french toast. But, then I totally forgot about it. Until now…it was finally time for challah bread french toast with lemon mascarpone topping.

You can use any bread you want for this, but I chose a pretty loaf of challah bread that I picked up from Fresh Market. I love the light sweet flavor and texture of the bread. You can also use brioche bread.

Ok, now let’s talk about this:

Challah Bread French Toast with Lemon Mascarpone

Actually, I can’t even talk about it. So simple. Mascarpone with lemon juice and zest, and a touch of confectioner’s sugar. I just wanted to eat it by the spoonful (and um, it’s possible I did…like a few times…maybe…). When placed on top of the warm french toast, it melts and it’s even more amazing! My brain is already reeling thinking about what else I can put lemon mascarpone on. For now, I might just keep eating with a spoon. I might need a lemon mascarpone intervention. I also tossed some mixed berries on top.

Challah Bread French Toast with Lemon Mascarpone

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Challah Bread French Toast with Lemon Mascarpone

Yield: 4 minutes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 21 minutes


For the lemon mascarpone topping:

  • 6 oz. mascarpone cheese
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • confectioner's sugar to taste (optional)

For the french toast:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tbs. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 slices challah bread (sliced about 1 inch thick)
  • butter


  1. In a bowl, mix together the mascarpone cheese, lemon zest and juice (to taste), and confectioner's sugar. I think I added about 1 tbs. total, but I recommend adding a little bit at a time until it reaches your desired sweetness. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Pour into a baking dish.
  3. Place the slices of challah into the baking dish to soak up the egg mixture. Flip bread to other side to soak the other side.
  4. Heat a fry pan on medium heat. Add a little bit of butter to the pan. Add a few slices at a time (or as many as you can fit in your pan). Cook on for about 2-3 minutes on each side until browned. Top with the lemon mascarpone and fresh fruit.

Challah Bread French Toast with Lemon Mascarpone


33 Responses to “Challah Bread French Toast with Lemon Mascarpone”

  1. #
    Tina@flourtrader — May 31, 2012 at 5:26 am

    This does look like a wonderful breakfast. You did make an excellent choice using the challah bread for french toast-yum! That close up is just making my mouth water-love the topping on there. Delicious post Steph!

  2. #
    Liz — May 31, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Oh, YUM! I”m definitely making this the next time I have company for breakfast!!! So beautiful, decadent and delectable!!!! Wow.

  3. #
    Ridwan — May 31, 2012 at 6:19 am

    I can’t wait to make this for my breakfast,lemon mascarpone sound really yummy on this french toast topping with berries is a plus :)

  4. #
    Kaitlin — May 31, 2012 at 7:53 am

    mmm! What a crave-worthy breakfast! I want this right now too!

  5. #
    Ramona — May 31, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Everything about this breakfast makes me think luxury!! I think it needs to be eaten on a silver try with a single rose in a comfy bed brought into you me by a butler… okay… a girl can dream. :)

  6. #
    Emily @ She Makes and Bakes — May 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

    My husband was freaking out on our wedding day for the same reason. Maybe he should have tried this!

  7. #
    Cassie — May 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Wow, this lemon mascarpone does sound fantastic. And perfect for French toast!

  8. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — May 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    oh wow, this is like the perfect pairing for a perfect breakfast!! i love challah bread french toast and the mascarpone with the lemon flavoring sounds sooo good!!

  9. #
    Steph@stephsbitebybite — May 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Holy yum! I wanna eat this every morning for breakfast!

  10. #
    BinomialBaker — May 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Yum! This looks absolutely fantastic! Plus, the photos are gorgeous!

  11. #
    Beth Michelle — May 31, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I am in love with everything about this. French toast challah is the only way I will have french toast and anything with mascarpone makes me happy!! What a perfect breakfast!

  12. #
    Emily Lynne {The Best of this Life} — May 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    This breakfast is wildly indulgent!! I bet brunch goers would go ga-ga over this delight :) I can see why your hubby enjoyed it!!

  13. #
    Choc Chip Uru — May 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    This French toast looks delightfully stunning and with the marscalone goes over the top – love it :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. #
    Cucina49 — May 31, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Challah makes the BEST french toast–and that marscapone cream is to die for! And I totally empathize with your husband, since I hate being the center of attention.

  15. #
    Alyssa — May 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    There must be something about California and great French toast! The last time me and my hubby went I had some of the best French toast. I’ve tried to recreate it, but it’s never as good as the first time. Yours looks Delian though! I would eat the mars alone with a spoon too :)

  16. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 31, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I’m so glad you recreated this! It looks AH-MAZING, definitely a breakfast-in-bed type of dish.

  17. #
    Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry — May 31, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I am super obsessed with breakfast foods lately! This sounds super good! I need to make it!

  18. #
    myfudo — June 1, 2012 at 1:25 am

    A breakfast treat, you know I love breakfast options, don’t you? I wouldn’t let this post past without trying…Yummy!

  19. #
    love2dine — June 1, 2012 at 3:21 am

    This looks gorgeous! So deliciously good!

  20. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — June 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Mmmmm, the lemon mascarpone sounds divine!!

  21. #
    CJ at Food Stories — June 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    This sounds so good … My hubby is exactly the same way … low key and does not want to be the center of attention!

  22. #
    FreeSpiritEater — June 1, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Love this french toast recipe, looks delish! Very creative, thanks for sharing, love the photos as always Stephanie! Have a great weekend =]

  23. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — June 2, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Hmm… Brian LOVES French toast and I make it for him with challah bread. In fact, whenever he sees that I’ve bought challa, he gets this smile on his face… :) Lemon mascarpone, you say? Hmm…

  24. #
    Baker Street — June 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Woah! That just looks like the most decadent breakfast anyone could ask for! The lemon mascarpone is to die for! :)

  25. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — June 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    What a lovely place to get married. I went there on vacation last year and fell in love…the food, the scenery, and the wine. Challah bread makes the most perfect French toast and the lemon mascarpone sounds so delicious as a topping.

  26. #
    Kelly @ Inspired Edibles — June 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    What a gorgeous looking challah french toast… does crispy-golden get any better than that? The mascarpone and lemon mixture sounds divine…

  27. #
    Dara — June 4, 2012 at 11:57 am

    WOW. This looks gorgeous! I love french toast to much. And marscapone? Inspired.

  28. #
    Katerina — June 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    In Greece we have somethiong similar to challah called tsoureki. I suspect this french toast is really delicious if it is made with this sweet bread!

  29. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — June 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    This looks so amazing Stephanie!!

  30. #
    Anna @ hiddenponies — June 4, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    The bread is sooo important in french toast, but now I’m thinking that lemon mascarpone may be equally essential!

  31. #
    Kim Bee — June 6, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Your pictures are stunning my dear. I mean gorgeous. I did this with a different flavour after seeing something in Florida. I don’t normally like french toast but with the challah it’s beyond ridiculously good. You really outdid yourself here. It’s quite the breakfast and I am wondering what happened to my invite. *giggles*

  32. #
    Meghan — June 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Gorgeous pics Steph! This looks like a fabulous breakfast & I’m all about that lemon mascarpone!


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