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Sourdough French Toast

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French toast is made even better when made with a flavorful sourdough bread and cooked in a custardy egg mixture with vanilla and cinnamon. Sliced thick and then cooked to perfection on a skillet, this easy breakfast is a great way to enjoy your weekend. Serve with butter and real maple syrup for a great breakfast treat.

sourdough french toast on breakfast table

Sourdough is great at breakfast time! I just love how the slight sourdough tang compliments a sweet breakfast dish and a cup of coffee so well! Some of my favorite ways to enjoy sourdough at breakfast are my overnight sourdough pancakes, sourdough cinnamon rolls, sourdough coffee cake, and sourdough blueberry muffins. But I love a good french toast, too! 

maple syrup being poured on stack of french toast

When it comes to French toast, I think it needs to be just this side of extra. Here the standard eggs and milk are combined with a little extra cream, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg to make these literally the most decadent and lovely french toast pieces you have ever tasted.

overhead of white platter filled with sourdough french toast

How to make french toast with sourdough bread

This french toast is so easy to enjoy! For the full recipe and directions make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below.

  1. Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Slice your sourdough  bread into thick slices, about 3/4 inch thick.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.
  4. Working with one bread slice at a time, place a slice into the egg mixture for at least 10 seconds. You want the bread to be coated well and really want that great custard to soak into the bread.
  5. Place a small pad of butter in the center of your skillet.
  6. Remove the bread slice from the egg mixture and allow it to drip drain for a few seconds before placing it in the skillet where the butter was. 
  7. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, until the underneath side is nice and golden brown.
  8. Flip and cook on the other side for about 3-4 minutes, until golden brown.
  9. Place the cooked french toast slice onto a rimmed baking sheet, and place the sheet in the oven preheated at 200 F to stay warm while you finish up cooking.
  10. Repeat with remaining slices of bread.
  11. Serve with butter, maple syrup, and fresh fruit.
  12. Enjoy!
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How to serve French Toast

French toast with sourdough bread is so great because you can serve it so many ways.

Beyond maple syrup, you can also try:

  • Jam 
  • Peanut butter and fresh raspberries
  • Nutella and strawberries
  • Creme fraiche with berries 
plates with stacks of French toast

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of sourdough do I need for this recipe?

This recipe works great with all kinds of sourdough bread! It is equally great with sourdough whole wheat bread or a sourdough sandwich bread. You could even use a sourdough challah, or for a special treat use a chocolate sourdough bread!

How do you store leftovers?

Didn’t eat all your french toast? You can wrap it in aluminium foil and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Place pieces of parchment paper between slices to prevent them from sticking together.

This recipe freezes really well! Individually wrap the cooled slices in aluminum foil and then place in a freezer storage bag. They will last 3 months in the freezer. 

How do you reheat leftovers?

You can reheat leftover french toast in the microwave, or bake in a 375 F oven for about 8 minutes. You can also place them in the toaster!

plate with sourdough french toast with fork beside

French Toast Tips and Tricks

Making french toast is simple, but there are a few tips to help yours be extra awesome! 

How do you make french toast not soggy?

The secret to not soggy french toast is all in how you cook it! You want to get the temperature just right so that you get a good sear but you also give it plenty of time to cook all the way through before the sugars caramelize too much. Medium-low heat is best. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side. Also make sure you have preheated your pan thoroughly before you start cooking.

Slice the bread the right thickness

Getting the right thickness to the bread is key for great French toast. If your bread is too thin, it won’t support the custard well enough and can fall apart and be soggy. Bread that is too thick, though, either doesn’t soak up the custard well enough or is too thick to cook evenly. Bread that is sliced ¾” thickness is best!

french toast on plate with syrup and fork

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Yield: 4-6 Servings

Sourdough French Toast Recipe

plate with sourdough french toast with fork beside

French toast is made even better when made with a flavorful sourdough bread and cooked in a custardy egg mixture with vanilla and cinnamon. Sliced thick and then cooked to perfection on a griddle, this easy breakfast is a great way to enjoy your weekend. Serve with butter and real maple syrup for a great breakfast treat!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf sourdough bread
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, for cooking
  • For serving:
  • maple syrup and butter

Instructions

    1. Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat.
    2. Slice your sourdough bread into thick slices, about 3/4 inch thick.
    3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.
    4. Working with one bread slice at a time, place a slice into the egg mixture for at least 10 seconds. You want the bread to be coated well and really want that great custard to soak into the bread.
    5. Place a small pad of butter in the center of your skillet.
    6. Remove the bread slice from the egg mixture and allow it to drip drain for a few seconds before placing it in the skillet where the butter was.
    7. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, until the underneath side is nice and golden brown.
    8. Flip and cook on the other side for about 3-4 minutes, until golden brown.
    9. Place the cooked french toast slice onto a rimmed baking sheet, and place the sheet in the oven preheated at 200 F to stay warm while you finish up cooking.
    10. Repeat with remaining slices of bread.
    11. Serve with butter, maple syrup, and fresh fruit.
    12. Enjoy!

Notes

How do you store leftovers?

Didn’t eat all your french toast? You can wrap it in aluminium foil and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Place pieces of parchment paper between slices to prevent them from sticking together.

This recipe freezes really well! Individually wrap the cooled slices in aluminum foil and then place in a freezer storage bag. They will last 3 months in the freezer.

How do you reheat leftovers?
You can reheat leftover french toast in the microwave, or bake in a 375 F oven for about 8 minutes. You can also place them in the toaster!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 488Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 237mgSodium: 822mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 17g

Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. For the most accurate information, please calculate using your specific brands and exact measurements.

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