This recipe is excellent for a special brunch or even a quick breakfast. The candied bacon is a show-stopper, but this is just delicious with syrup and fresh fruit. Use challah bread (a sweet braided bread) if you can find it, but stale French bread or even healthier 7-grain bread will work well.
For a healthier option of the Chocolate French Toast, use a good quality multi-grain bread (my husband's favorite). Try to find one that's sliced at least one-inch thick, but if not, just handle the bread carefully and don't soak it, just dip the bread and place directly on the griddle.