This crowd-pleasing weekend brunch (prep tonight, bake tomorrow) also makes a festive Christmas breakfast. Let the thick slices of bread absorb the egg batter for at least 45 minutes, and your French toast will be deliciously custardy throughout.
Dipping apple in honey is a Rosh Hashanah custom (to welcome the sweetness of the Jewish new year). We went one step further, layering apples, honey, and sliced almonds on top of another holiday staple, challah, to make delicious open-faced sandwiches.
Use day-old bread in this decadent dessert recipe from Cheryl and Griffith Day, owners of Savannah's Back in the Day Bakery, for best results. If you don't have any on hand, dry out fresh bread in the oven for about 10 minutes.
Beneath a golden top, soft cinnamon-, ginger-, and-pumpkin-spiced custard provides a robust treat. A sprinkle of confectioners' sugar brightens the brown hues of baked bread and bourbon-soaked raisins.
Sara Foster, owner of Foster's Markets in North Carolina, updates the Southern tradition by adding challah to the mix. An enriched egg bread with dough similar to that of brioche, challah is ideal for stuffing. Sara especially likes to use pumpkin challah, which adds a warm, spicy aroma to the dressing.