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Sourdough French Toast
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Sourdough French Toast Recipe

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
Keyword: bread, sour bread
Servings: 5
Calories: 549kcal


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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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