Passover French Toast

The Shiksa’s Passover Potluck is a unique annual online event. I’ve invited my friends, both Jewish and non-Jewish, to share recipes that are kosher for Passover. My goals are simple– to foster mutual understanding between different cultures, to introduce you to my foodie friends, and to share yummy recipes and cooking ideas for Passover! To learn more about the Passover holiday, click here. To learn about what makes a recipe kosher for Passover, click here. To check out the other Passover Potluck recipes, click here.

I adore Kristy’s blog, Eat, Play, Love. When the idea of the Passover Potluck started to blossom, I knew I had to include her. Kristy teaches her kids through food, exploring geography and different cultures by cooking dishes from around the world. I thought that her kids would have fun exploring Jewish culture by creating a new Passover recipe. She came back with something really delicious and creative, and I am thrilled to share the recipe (and her adorable blog) with you!  ~ Tori

Kristy says:

Chag Pesach Sameach. This is Kristy, Mike, Mr. N (7-1/2 years old) and Miss A (3-1/2 years old) and we blog our family food adventures over at Eat, Play, Love. We were so excited when Tori asked us to be a part of the Passover Potluck. We’ve never before cooked a Kosher meal, but it fits in perfectly with the mission of our blog which we started in January of 2011.

Our goal is to explore different cultures around the world with our children by cooking traditional recipes from different countries every few weeks. It’s our way of opening them up to the many different cultures, religions, and ethnicities around the globe while also expanding their palates. The kids participate in the country selection as well as the cooking which is always an adventure; and as an added bonus, we’ve also found it’s been a great way for us all to learn how to really cook!

In addition to our international cooking adventures, we also explore stateside cuisine, usually picking one state each week from which to sample a traditional dish as well as endeavor on a “quest for the best” of one particular recipe. Last year we searched for our family’s favorite banana bread, making 13 different recipes, freezing a slice from each batch and then having the ultimate banana bread show down this past month. This year we’re on to our next adventure, the quest for the best French toast, which we’ll break down NCAA March Madness style early next year. And that brings us to our recipe for today – Passover French Toast Breakfast (printable recipe appears at the end of this post).

Now you could go the easy route and purchase a Passover sponge cake (and we totally wouldn’t blame you), but we try and keep things as authentic as possible with the kids, so we first started by making a Passover Citrus Sponge Cake. Incidentally, this happens to be the first cake we’ve ever baked from scratch (in other words, not out of a box!). We should note here that it’s best to make the cake a day or two ahead of when you plan to make the French toast. We made ours the day before and started by separating 12 eggs and whisking together the egg yolks.

We then whisked in 1-1/2 cups of white sugar, the zest from one orange and one lemon and a half cup of freshly squeezed orange juice.

Next we sifted together the cake meal and potato starch – both Kosher and approved for Passover.

This was then stirred into the egg yolks until fully incorporated.

We then turned our attention to the egg whites which we whipped until they were stiff and shiny using an electric mixer on high speed.

Next, using a rubber spatula, we very gently folded the egg whites into the cake batter using about 1/3 of the whites at a time. It’s important not to over mix here since the egg whites are necessary to keep the cake light and fluffy in the absence of a rising agent. Once the egg whites were folded in, we then poured the cake batter into a greased cake pan.

We baked the cake for just over an hour at 325F at which point the batter had set and a toothpick once inserted, came out clean. We then removed the cake from the oven, inverted it onto a plate and let it rest in the cake pan until it was completely cooled.

Now obviously, you’ll want to do a better job greasing the cake pan than we did, but we weren’t too concerned since this is going to be made into French toast. We covered our cake and left it until the next morning when we cut it into about one-inch slices for the French toast.

Miss A took care of whisking together two eggs for us.

Mr. N zested another orange and lemon…

…which we then combined with milk to make our dipping batter.

Next we heated a large skillet over medium-high heat and added a bit of butter to grease the pan. We then carefully dipped and soaked each slice of the Passover Citrus Sponge Cake in the batter and added it to the hot skillet.

We cooked the slices about 3 to 4 minutes on the first side before flipping and cooking them an additional 2 to 3 minutes on the other side. The result was a beautiful golden brown crust.

Before serving our Passover French toast, Miss A and Mike sliced up some fresh oranges to use as a garnish.

And Mr. N mixed together some cinnamon and sugar…

…which Miss A and I then sprinkled over the toast.

Now having already snuck a few pinches of the sponge cake, we were quite eager to dig into our French toast – especially the kids who were thrilled to be eating cake for breakfast.

Fortunately, it didn’t disappoint. The Passover French Toast was absolutely delicious. The outside was crispy and full of that traditional French toast flavor, while the inside was soft, fluffy and totally cake-like with a wonderful fresh burst of citrus.

Mike and I even ate the French toast without syrup or jellies – it was definitely flavorful enough on its own. He and I easily gave this Passover breakfast 4 spoons (our highest rating) and are already suspecting that this recipe has a shot at making the Final Four next year.

Mr. N also gave the dessert – err I mean breakfast – 4 spoons. I think given the chance he would have eaten half the cake this way. As for Miss A, she was our lone dissenter. She liked the inside of the toast (the cake portion), but didn’t really like the French toast exterior. I’m not sure if it was the flavor or the color that deterred her, so she came in with 2 spoons (meaning it was ok, but she doesn’t need to eat it again).

Still we’re considering this one a win. You never know with Miss A. Tomorrow morning she may love this.

So there you have it – our first Kosher meal – and a good one at that! Many thanks to Tori for organizing this wonderful event, and for asking us to join the adventure. We had a wonderful time and learned a great deal. It prompted several discussions on religion, chemistry (leavening agents) and the difference between Kosher and Kosher for Passover with the kids – and really that’s what this is all about for us. We hope you’ll try our Passover French Toast Breakfast, and if you do, we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Cheers and Happy Passover!

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Passover French Toast

Passover Citrus Sponge Cake Ingredients

  • 12 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup Passover potato starch
  • 1 cup Passover matzo cake meal
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided

Passover French Toast Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • Zest from one lemon
  • Zest from one orange
  • 8 slices Passover Citrus Sponge Cake (recipe below)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon sugar
Servings: 12-14 cake servings, 8 French toast servings
Kosher Key: Dairy

To Make Passover Citrus Sponge Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease a 10 inch bunt cake or angel food cake pan. 
  • Beat the 12 egg yolks in a mixing bowl until frothy. Add the sugar and whisk until combined, then whisk in the lemon and orange zest along with the orange juice.
  • In a small mixing bowl, sift together the potato starch and cake meal. Add the dry ingredients to the egg yolks, stirring gently to combine. Next, using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the egg whites (from 12 eggs) until they are stiff and shiny. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold the egg whites into the batter, 1/3 of the mixture at a time, until incorporated. Do not fold more than necessary.
  • Finally pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for an hour to an hour and 10 minutes, or until the cake has set and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and immediately invert it onto a plate. Let it sit in the pan until completely cooled before removing the cake pan from the cake.

To Make Passover French Toast

  • Combine the milk, eggs, and citrus zest in a mixing bowl. Heat a skillet over medium-high. Once hot, add and melt the 2 tbsp of butter. Dip and soak the slices of Passover citrus sponge cake into the egg batter and place them into the hot skillet. Fry for 3 to 4 minutes on the first side (or until golden brown), flip, and continue to cook for another 2 to 3 minutes on the other side. When the French toast has browned on both sides, remove from the skillet.
  • Serve the French toast over orange slices and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

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  1. Excellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 stars
    What a fabulous post by Kristy and family over at Eat Play Love… How neat to fashion French Toast from sponge cake! I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before and would never have thought of it. I absolutely love the orange in this version; citrus spring delicious. What a great addition to your potluck Tori!

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    How ambitious to bake a cake in order to make French toast. The recipe looks very good. I’m curious–was the cake good as a cake?
    What a wonderful project to cook the foods of different regions in order to introduce your children to different flavors and cultures. Your photos are great too. Bravo to you, Kristy!

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      Hi Faye! Thank you so much. Yes, the cake was delicious on it’s own. It would be wonderful with some sort of citrus glaze. Just make sure to grease the pan better than we did (although the parts left in the pan did not go to waste!).

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    You did a great job with this cake! Most of my cakes come out that way anyway , I always “under-grease” the pan.
    I love how the whole family contributed to the recipe. Nice to have met you through Tori’s Potluck :)

  4. Very good - 4 starsVery good - 4 starsVery good - 4 starsVery good - 4 starsVery good - 4 stars
    Bravi! Your first sponge cake, not just Kosher but Kosher for Passover, and you use it to make French toast?!?! I bet it tasted great and was a perfect contribution to the Passover Potluck. Speaking of which, a Potluck for Passover is a great idea!

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    Bravo.. well done! I love that you baked up a sponge cake just for the french toast!! And.. it was kosher! Fantastic… I’ll be copying this one down for Easter:) xoxo Smidge

    1. Kristy, I’m so thrilled you could participate, you really took the “spirit” of the Potluck to heart by including your kids and introducing them to the deeper meaning of the holiday through food. Thanks for joining us and sharing your delicious recipe! xoxo

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    Oh this sponge cake based French Toast looks crazy delicious! Kristy and fam, you guys always make me smile and I appreciated how authentically you made the cake, going to several stores and such for the Kosher for Passover ingredients. If only everyone taught their kids in such a fashion…we’d definitely have a better world!

  7. Thanks for the terrific idea, Kristy! Quick question: if you couldn’t use orange juice and zest, what would you substitute? (I’m allergic to oranges and limes, but fine with lemons and grapefruit — go figure.) My usual substitution is apricot nectar, but I thought I’d ask the composer herself. :-)

  8. I would like to suggest making this french toast with about 1/2 the sugar. regular french toast is made of bread this is made of cake so its more of a dessert recipe. when cooking breakfast for kids Id make it less sweet. why pour so much sugar in them at the start of a day…

  9. I made this today, but the recipe never says what to do with the 1/2 tsp salt divided….and I forgot it. Cake came out really good anyway, if just concerned me once I had it in the oven realized no salt was noted in the directions…

  10. Very good - 4 starsVery good - 4 starsVery good - 4 starsVery good - 4 starsVery good - 4 stars
    Tried this one this morning with pre-made (store bought, pesach) sponge loaf. Maybe I cut the slices too wide, but it never really cooked through and was super mushy. Just not the best. Great concept but execution seemed harder than anticipated.

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