Deeelishuhs! I have been searching for too long, trying to come up with a wonderful Chocolate French Toast....now I know that I don't have to start with a chocolate bread! Instead of Challah, I used what I had on hand, namely 4 slices of a bread labeled as "Texas toast"...I think it's the Van de Kamps brand. Kinda like the "Princess and the pea", I am very sensitive to cocoa when it is too prevalent...the one ounce of cocoa (28.35g.) was fine, but perhaps I felt a teeny tiny aftertaste of bitterness for a while, after this enjoyable Sunday breakfast. Next time I will use 24 grams of cocoa. I'm also planning on strewing toasted coconut, chopped toasted almonds, and my home made coconut syrup on this fabulous treat for the next time I make it. Oh, I forgot to mention that I'd assembled the entire dish and let it chill overnight in the fridge, before the griddling.
What a fantastic variation on French toast! The extra prep time is worth it, and if you are making this for a big weekend breakfast, you can prepare almost everything else while the bread marinates and then throw them on the griddle at the last minute. There's a lot of opportunity for customization as well: add some cinnamon and chili for a Mexican version or a little nutmeg for a seasonal treat.
I just adore this recipe when I'm looking for a decadent breakfast. I've actually only made it using banana or pumpkin bread- and that is wonderful! Who can argue with battered & fried cake for breakfast? I love it served with whipped cream. I've even cooked leftover batter for pudding, which works out pretty well.
This was delicious. I actually got 6 pieces of challah out of it-the last 2 marinated in the chocolate mix, after the first 4 were on the griddle. Mine cooked exactly 4 minutes on each side. It had a cool marble cake effect when you cut into the french toast. We topped it with confectioner's sugar and a sprinkle of mini chocolate chips. The kids LOVED it-and mommy did too! A decadent treat first thing in the morning.
This was really scrumptious, for kids and adults. I made it for Mother's Day brunch and it was a hit!