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French Toast Bread

Much like challah this easy bread makes great toast and sandwiches too
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Raising Time3 hours
Course: Breakfast, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread for french toast, breakfast breads, challah bread, easy breads with egg
Servings: 10
Calories: 443kcal


  • 4 1/2 tsp instant yeast or 2 packets
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 eggs at room temp
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbs kosher salt
  • 7 cups flour
  • sesame seeds

Egg Wash:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbs water


  • Dissolve yeast in the warn water in a large bowl. Add the milk, eggs, butter, sugar, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in only enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. It is possible you will need more flour so you can add about 1/2 cup. I used 6 cups of flour in the loaves in the pics. The amount of flour can vary so always go by the consistency of the dough.
  • Turn dough out on a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic; about 8 minutes. Alternatively, if you have a heavy stand mixer, switch to the dough hook and let the machine do the work.
  • Place dough in a greased bowl turning once so the top of the dough is greased. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Punch dough down and turn onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 6 equal portions. Roll each portion into a 14-inch/36 cm rope.
  • For each loaf, braid 3 ropes together on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover with a kitchen towel (no plastic here) and let rise until doubled; about 50 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375F/190C.
  • Beat egg yolk and 2 tbs water. Brush over loaves and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 739mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 298IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 4mg