Sourdough French Toast Recipe

Sourdough French Toast is a simple, hearty breakfast that uses up any leftover sourdough bread that might be a little bit stale.

Recipes that use up leftovers are always a win in my book, and Sourdough French Toast just might be the very best way to use up those slightly stale pieces of bread that are floating around your kitchen.

Mixed whole milk, heavy cream, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, orange zest in a pan for sourdough french toast recipe

French toast is a classic breakfast made by soaking slightly stale or dry slices of bread in a custard mix before cooking them on a griddle.

The original French name is pain perdue, which translates to lost bread, because bakeries in France developed the recipe using day old bread that would otherwise be thrown out or “lost.”

But French toast has become an American breakfast and brunch staple. Traditionally, it’s made with a thick slice of brioche, challah (which we used for our whipped ricotta French toast), or a soft bread.

close up photo of Whole milk, heavy cream, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, orange zest in a pan for sourdough french toast recipe

However, sourdough bread also makes an excellent slice of French toast. It’s hearty and the denser crumb soaks up the egg custard beautifully.

Sourdough french toast will make all of your brunch dreams come through!

Slices of sourdough bread

Ingredients for Sourdough French Toast

10-12 slices of sourdough bread

1 cup whole milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

4 large eggs

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Zest of 1 orange

Large pinch of salt

Butter for cooking

How to Make Sourdough French Toast

Begin by heating a griddle or large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat.

In a baking dish, whisk together the whipping cream, whole milk, and eggs. Beat them until they are fairly smooth and you can’t see whole egg whites in the mixtures. You may have to remix the custard several times as you use it to keep the egg whites from separating.

Add in the vanilla extract, cinnamon, orange zest, and salt, then whisk the custard again.

Whole milk, heavy cream, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, orange zest in a pan with slices of sourdough bread

Add a 2-3 pieces of bread (or as many as will fit on your cooking space) to the custard and allow them to soak for 1-2 minutes, then flip it and soak the other side.

Just before you put the French toast on the griddle, put about a teaspoon of butter on it.

Place the slices on the hot surface and allow it cook for about 2 minutes. Use a spatula to flip the pieces of French toast and cook the other side.

The slices of French toast are finished cooking when they’ve developed a deep golden-brown crust and there’s no more wet egg on the surface of the bread.

sourdough bread drench with mixed whole milk, heavy cream, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, orange zest in a pan

Repeat the soaking and cooking process with the rest of the slices of bread or until you’ve used up all of the custard.

You’ll have more or less finished pieces of French toast based on how thick and/or dry the bread is, as well as how long you let it soak in the custard before cooking.

Leftover French toast can be stored in an airtight bag or container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

To reheat it, simply pop a slice of french toast in a toaster set on low. Reheat it until it is warmed through and is a bit crusty again.

A serving of Sourdough French Toast with a topping of honey and butter surrounded with blueberries and strawberries

Recipe Notes and Tips

— The drier your bread is, the more custard it will soak up. You can even slice a loaf of bread and leave it sitting out over night to make it become stale faster.

— If you don’t need as much Sourdough French toast as this recipe makes, you can easily cut it in half.

— If your French toast is browning too quickly, turn down the cooking heat so that it can cook through without burning. The center of the bread may stil be a bit soggy if it cooks too quickly.

— The vanilla, cinnamon, and orange zest are all optional flavorings that you can not add at all or substitute other flavors. Almond extract, lemon zest, cardamom or chai spice mix would all be fun flavors to play with. Customize your Sourdough French Toast to be what you want it to be!

— Maple syrup is a classic topping for French toast, but you can also serve it with butter, whipped cream, fresh fruit, jam, or any combination of the above.

What Kind Of Sourdough Bread Works Best For French Toast?

Pretty much any kind of sourdough bread will work, whether it’s homemade or from the grocery store. A loaf with a tighter crumb (the inside of the bread) will soak up custard better than a loaf with large air holes.

If you’re slicing your own bread, cut the slices about thickness that you would for a sandwich or toast. Traditionally, French toast is made with thickly sliced light bread like brioche or challah.

But because sourdough is a more dense bread, it won’t soak up the custard well and may be unpleasant to eat and dense if you cut it too thick.

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Sourdough French Toast

Sourdough French Toast Recipe

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5 from 6 votes
Sourdough French Toast is a simple, hearty breakfast that uses up any leftover sourdough bread tha tmight be a little bit stale.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Bread

Equipment

  • Griddle or large heavy-bottomed skillet
  • Baking dish
  • Whisk
  • Spatula

Ingredients

  • 10-12 slices sourdough bread preferably a day or two old and slightly stale
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 zest orange
  • Large pinch salt
  • Butter for cooking

Nutrition

Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 737mg | Potassium: 306mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 622IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 5mg
Servings: 5
Calories: 549kcal

Notes

  • The drier your bread is, the more custard it will soak up. You can even slice a loaf of bread and leave it sitting out over night to make it become stale faster.
  • If you don’t need as much sourdough French toast as this recipe makes, you can easily cut it in half.
  • If your French toast is browning too quickly, turn down the cooking heat so that it can cook through without burning. The center of the bread may stil be a bit soggy if it cooks too quickly.
  • The vanilla, cinnamon, and orange zest are all optional flavorings that you can not add at all or substitute other flavors. Almond extract, lemon zest, cardamom or chai spice mix would all be fun flavors to play with. Customize your Sourdough French Toast to be what you want it to be!
  • Maple syrup is a classic topping for French toast, but you can also serve it with butter, whipped cream, fresh fruit, jam, or any combination of the above.

Instructions

  • Begin by heating a griddle or large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat.
  • In a baking dish, whisk together the whipping cream, whole milk, and eggs. Beat until fairly smooth and you can’t see whole egg whites in the mixture. You may have to remix the custard several times as you use it to keep the egg whites from separating.
  • Add in the vanilla extract, cinnamon, orange zest, and salt. Then, whisk the custard mixture again.
  • Add 2-3 pieces of bread (or as many as will fit on your cooking space) to the custard and allow them to soak for 1-2 minutes. Then, flip soak the other side of the breads.
  • Spread about a teaspoon of butter on top of the griddle before cooking the French toast. Place the slices on the hot surface and allow to cook for about 2 minutes. Use a spatula to flip the pieces of French toast and cook the other side. You'll know when teh French toast is finished cooking when they’ve developed a deep golden-brown crust, and there’s no more wet egg on the surface of the bread.
  • Repeat the soaking and cooking process with the rest of the slices of bread or until you’ve used up all of the custard. You’ll have more or less finished pieces of French toast based on how thick and/or dry the bread is, as well as how long you let it soak in the custard before cooking.
KEYWORD: bread, sour bread

3 thoughts on “Sourdough French Toast Recipe”

  1. What a great bread to use! We love sourdough bread & french toast, so this makes us happy! We could eat it every day!5 stars

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