The Most Delicious Sourdough French Toast

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This classic breakfast recipe creates the most delicious sourdough French toast you have ever tasted. Sourdough bread imparts an abundance of flavor, and when involved in a scrumptious French toast recipe, it only gets better! And if you want to spice things up a little, then top your sourdough French toast with a bunch of additional ingredients, to create a magical treat!

What is French Toast?

French toast is a type of breakfast cuisine that consists of sliced bread drenched in beaten eggs, sugar, and milk. The soggy bread is then pan-fried until beautifully golden brown; topped with a variety of delicious fruits and nuts, followed by a light dusting of powdered sugar, or a dribble of maple syrup.

Why Sourdough Bread Makes the Perfect French Toast

Since sourdough bread is brilliantly robust, you can slice this bread into thick slices to achieve a perfectly cooked French toast. Thickly sliced sourdough bread is great at absorbing the sweet egg mixture. A total contrast to a regular slice of bread, which tends to tear before it manages to reach the pan!

Additionally, if you’re an avid baker, you may know the struggle of having to get rid of stale bread. Instead of guiltily throwing away a perfectly good loaf, why not use it to make a scrumptious French toast for breakfast?

Best Bread For French Toast

When it comes to choosing the appropriate bread for French toast, all loaves aren’t equal. Some loaves are thinner than others and unable to withstand a good dunk. Below are some of the best types of bread to use for French toast.

  • Brioche bread
  • Homemade sourdough bread
  • French bread
  • Stale bread

Brioche Bread

Brioche bread is one of the sturdiest loaves of bread you can find. Subtly sweet thick slices of brioche can withstand a good submersion. Dunk your sliced brioche into the egg mix, and allow the wonderful flavors to seep into its depth.

Homemade Sourdough Bread

A touch of tanginess from a homemade sourdough loaf only brings joy to the devourer. Sticky sweet batter, quickly seeping into the plush sourdough bread, unlocks a new level of deliciousness, that can only be described as irresistible!

French Bread

French bread’s wonderful thick crumb and crisp crust make it an ideal candidate for any French toast recipe. Cut the long loaf into thick round pieces, and drop them into the batter, let the eggy mix absorb into the thick bread then drop them into a lightly greased pan.

Stale Bread

Stale or 3-day-old bread works great for this recipe too. However, if your loaf is dotted with mold, throw it away immediately!

Sourdough French Toast Recipe

This healthy sourdough French toast recipe is simply to die for. Once you’ve taken the first bite, you just can’t get enough! Take a look at the recipe below:

Ingredients Needed

  • 6 slices of sourdough bread – It’s best to use a sourdough baguette that is 2 to 3 days old, and sliced into thick strips. The stale baguette is perfect to help soak up all the eggy batter. However, you can choose any type of sourdough sandwich bread you like.
  • 3/4 cup of milk – Whichever milk you wish to use will work in a French toast recipe. Whether you opt for whole milk, full-fat oat milk, or dairy free, your French toast will remain amazing!
  • 3 large eggs – French toast or “eggy bread” is dipped in an egg mixture and then fried.
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract – Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract for a hint of sweetness and extra warmth.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon – Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg are perfect for this breakfast dish.
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt -To balance the sweetness.
  • 2 tablespoons butter -Use butter to grease the pan or griddle for extra richness.

Method

  1. Preparing your French toast – Crack your eggs and drop them into a large mixing bowl, then add milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Whisk until the ingredients are well incorporated.
  2. Heat the butter on a griddle, frying pan, or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until melted.
  3. Once the butter has melted, and the batter is ready, dip your slices of sourdough bread into the egg mixture, one at a time until well-coated. Make sure you don’t soak your bread in the egg mixture for long, as you may risk tearing the soaked bread before it reaches the pan!
  4. Cooking the French toast – Place the egg-soaked bread slices onto a hot skillet, then add the remaining bread slices. If you’re using a frying pan, you may have enough room to make 2 French toasts at a time.
  5. Fry each side of the bread for 3-5 minutes until they’re nice and crisp on the outside. Then flip your bread and pan-fry the other side until nice and golden brown. You can add more butter to the pan if needed.
  6. Once your slices of bread are cooked, serve warm with a glob of butter, and some fresh berries followed by a generous drizzle of maple syrup.

Tips for Making The Best Sourdough French Toast

  • Stale sourdough bread: This French toast recipe begins with 3-day-old bread. If you don’t have stale sourdough bread, then simply leave a loaf on the kitchen counter overnight. Make sure the bread is uncovered so that you achieve the ultimate dry loaf. Additionally, you can opt to toast your sourdough bread for a couple of minutes before proceeding with the recipe.
  • Make ahead: The egg mixture can be made a day or night before you plan to make it. Simply mix, and refrigerate till you’re ready to cook!
  • Bread: If you don’t have any sourdough bread available, you can use brioche bread, French bread, or plain bread. However, for any delicious French toast recipe, it’s best to choose thick and sturdy bread that can hold the egg mixture without tearing.

Topping Ideas for French Toast?

Sourdough French toast can be enjoyed on its own, or with a drizzle of maple syrup to seal the sweet, tangy flavors. Here are some additional ideas for you to consider:

  • Add a dollop of protein with some creamy Greek yogurt.
  • Top this breakfast delight with your favorite fruits (sliced bananas, berries, sliced apples, pears, or mangoes).
  • For extra texture add some almonds, pecans, or crushed walnuts. You can even pair this with peanut butter or almond butter.
  • Top your delicious French toast with a generous glop of whipped cream, and indulge in its perfection!

Serving Suggestions for Sourdough French Toast

This sourdough French toast recipe makes a perfect accompaniment to a breakfast or brunch feast. While any sourdough breakfast recipe is perfectly drool-worthy on its own, here are some optional additions to consider:

Bananas and Walnuts

Coat sliced bananas with cinnamon powder, and pop this into the air fryer for a couple of minutes. Meanwhile, crush of slice walnuts, and toss this over your thick, golden brown French toast, along with the cinnamon-coated bananas, for a feast that’ll have your taste buds singing!

Peanut Butter, Maple Syrup, and Bacon

For an epic breakfast treat, spread peanut butter, with slices of bacon, and top with some sweet maple syrup.

Cornflakes-Crusted French Toast

This one is both simple, and tantalizing. Dip your sourdough bread in the eggy mixture, then roll it into a plate of crushed cornflakes. Toast the bread in the pan for 3 minutes, then place this into the oven to cook for an additional 10 minutes.

More Sourdough Breakfast Recipes

Looking for more sourdough breakfast inspiration? Try some of these delectable breakfast treats, that’ll both cradle your gut, and satiate your sweet tooth!

Sourdough French Toast

If you love sourdough French toast, then why not use your discarded sourdough starter to produce a bunch of delicious treats for you and your family! Try sourdough discard recipes for some inspiration!

FAQ’s

Does Sourdough Bread Make Good French Toast?

Sourdough bread has a wonderful crisp crust and airy texture, which makes it the perfect candidate for French toast.

What Kind of Bread is Best for French Toast?

Brioche is the most common and preferred type of bread for French toast. It’s thick, buttery, and super fluffy.

What Does Sourdough French Bread Taste Like?

Sourdough French toast tastes just like normal French toast would, with a hint of sourness thanks to the sourdough starter.

Does Any Bread Work for French Toast?

Any thick-sliced bread would make the perfect French toast. The top three choices of bread to use for French toast include Brioche, French baguette, and challah.

By Natasha Krajnc

Hi! My name is Natasha and I'm specialized in home sourdough bread baking and currently based in Slovakia - a very small country in Central Europe. My bread baking story began in 2011 when I decided to give up commercial yeast. I felt tired all the time (especially after eating bread and other foods made with yeast), I wasn’t motivated to do anything, had trouble concentrating throughout the day, my abdomen was bloated and I was like a trumpet on steroids – basically, I was quite a wreck. I was a big bread lover (and still am) and having to stop eating bread was quite hard at that time but I felt I was on a right way to give my body a chance to heal itself.

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