Nothing starts breakfast or brunch off better than homemade Sourdough French Toast!
You can use sourdough bread for making French toast! And we think it’s the best way to use up stale or leftover sourdough bread. Our easy recipe makes fluffy French toast that’s soaked in a batter made with sweetened milk (or you can use cream!) and then pan-fried to crispy perfection! And it smells soo good! My family thinks it’s the best French toast they’ve ever had and I agree.
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Why We Love This Recipe
We love to use thick slices of sourdough bread for French toast. Sourdough has a uniquely tangy flavor that’s complemented by both sweet and savory flavors. And since French toast is a family favorite everywhere, we made putting it together quick and easy. French toast makes a delicious dessert, too. Top French toast with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some caramel or chocolate sauce, a sprinkling of nuts and enjoy!
Ingredients and Variations
BREAD – Any bread will do for French toast, but the thicker slices of sourdough, challah, brioche, or a French baguette soak up the batter best.
DAIRY – Eggs and milk make a rich and creamy base. Buttermilk is a great substitute for milk, but non-dairy options like almond, oatmeal, coconut, and hemp milk are also good for French toast.
FLAVORINGS – Vanilla, and cinnamon are the basics but for different flavor profiles, bourbon, rum, maple, or banana extract can be added to the egg mixture.
OTHER TASTY ADDITIONS – A scoop or two of pumpkin puree (and some pumpkin pie spice) added to the egg mixture will create a festive French toast. Top with whipped cream and toasted walnuts.
How to Make Sourdough French Toast
Sourdough French Toast turns out deliciously crisp and sweet with perfect notes of sourdough tang. It super easy to whip up.
- Whisk together all of the ingredients except for the butter and oil.
- Pour the egg mixture evenly over the tops of the bread in a baking dish. Flip the bread to help the mixture soak into the bread.
- Pan-fry French toast in oil/butter mixture, turning once. The pieces should be browned and crispy on both sides.
French Toast Casserole
- Prep Sourdough French Toast the night before, keep in the refrigerator overnight, and pop it in the oven in the morning!
- Follow the same recipe but reserve half the egg mixture to pour over the soaked bread before cooking.
- For a casserole look, cut the stale bread into cubes, pour egg mixture over, and bake for 30 minutes until cooked.
Tips and Tricks
- Keep pieces warm in the oven until ready to serve. Serve hot Sourdough French Toast with fresh berries like strawberries or blueberries, sliced bananas, warm maple syrup or caramel sauce, and whipped cream.
- The best thickness for sourdough slices is about ¾ of an inch. To speed up the drying out process, lay slices on a baking sheet and bake them in a slow oven (250°F) for about 30 minutes.
- Fry the French toast slices in a combination of butter and oil so the butter doesn’t burn.
- PRO TIP: Adding a handful of toasted nuts gives Sourdough French Toast a little crunch! Sauté walnuts, pecans, almonds, or peanuts in a dry skillet on high heat for about 1 minute. Let the nuts cool before using.
Storing and Reheating
- Keep Sourdough French Toast in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat slices in the toaster or under the broiler for about 4 minutes.
- To freeze, wrap individual slices in plastic wrap and then place them in a zippered bag with the date written on the outside for about 2 months. Thaw pieces in the refrigerator before reheating.
Other Easy Breakfast Recipes To Try!
- Breakfast Bake Recipe – a savory breakfast.
- Banana Overnight Oats – so convenient.
- Breakfast Strata With Sausage – make ahead recipe!
- French Toast – a classic.
- Banana Granola Bars – easy grab and go!
Sourdough French Toast
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup milk or cream
- 1 ½ Tablespoons vanilla
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup or honey or sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 8-10 slices sourdough bread ¾ inch, day old preferred
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Tablespoons oil
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, syrup, cinnamon, and salt.
- Place bread in a baking tray and pour egg mixture over top. Turn over, coating in mixture. Soak in mixture for 10-20 minutes, or until it’s all soaked in, flipping occasionally.
- Preheat non-stick or cast iron skillet on medium low heat. Add 1 Tablespoon each of oil and butter. Place pieces of soaked french toast and cook about 3 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
- Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200˚F oven.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.