Sourdough French Toast using sourdough challah bread is arguably the best way to make French toast. Simply cut thick slices from your Sourdough Challah Bread, dip, fry, and top for an amazing breakfast. Check out these other Recipes For Discarded Sourdough Starter.
The thickly cut slices of Sourdough French Toast using Challah bread perfectly absorb the egg mixture and turn a beautiful golden brown in the pan. Top with fresh strawberries, blueberries, or maple syrup for a restaurant quality breakfast right in your own kitchen.
This French toast recipe uses homemade sourdough Challah bread which is a joy to bake (even if you’ve never made it before!) You can find the sourdough Challah recipe here. You’ll need an active sourdough starter to make the dough for the bread. Making French toast with it is best done at least one day after you bake the sourdough bread.
There are so many yummy toppings you can add and some great sides to go with it as well. Some ideas are fresh fruit, bacon, sausage, potatoes, fried or scrambled eggs, and a fruit and veggie smoothie. Adding a little fruit makes this rich breakfast a little lighter and balances out the whole meal.
- Sourdough Challah bread: If you don’t have time to bake this yourself, you can buy a loaf of Challah bread from the store.
- Eggs: These help bind the mixture together.
- Milk: Adds a little moisture for the bread to soak up.
- Cinnamon: This is to add that classic French toast flavor.
- Sugar: To add a little sweetness.
- Vanilla: Pure vanilla extract is a delicious flavor addition.
- Salt: Salt balances out the sweet flavors.
Instructions for making sourdough French toast
Heat a heavy pan or cast iron pan to medium high.
Slice the sourdough challah bread into 1 1/2 – 2 inch thick pieces.
Whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a deep dish or bowl.
Drag one piece of bread through the egg mixture, flip using a fork or tongs, drag the other side.
Add a piece of butter to the hot pan and cook the bread over medium heat.
Drag a couple more pieces of bread through the mixture until you can fill the pan (usually 3 or 4).
When they get golden brown on one side, flip them to the other side and cook until that side is done as well.
Remove from the pan to a plate, top with your favorite toppings, and serve hot.
Here are a couple of tips that will help you make the best French toast.
- Use stale sourdough bread instead of fresh bread. This will make sure the French toast isn’t soggy in the middle.
- Heat the oven to low, place the cooked French toast on a baking sheet, and place it in the oven to keep warm until you’re ready to eat.
- Using sourdough bread gives the French toast a delicious tangy flavor, but you can use yeast-risen bread too.
- The prep time is about 5 minutes, so make sure you turn the pan on to get it hot right away.
- You can make whipped cream by just whipping it with a little powdered sugar for about 5 minutes, if you don’t have a can of it in your fridge.
How to store cooked sourdough French toast
Once the French toast is cooked, allow it to cool completely, then wrap it in plastic wrap, put it in a freezer bag, or an air-tight container and put it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
To reheat, you can use the microwave or the air fryer which gets it crispy again!
If you have a big loaf of sourdough challah bread that you want to use later, you can wrap it in plastic wrap and freeze it for up to 3 months. If you slice it first, it’s easy to pull out only the pieces you need rather than the whole loaf. This is perfect if you don’t plan on using the whole loaf at one time.
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Sourdough Challah French Toast (Using Challah Bread)
- 4 slices Sourdough Challah bread
- 2 whole eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Heat a heavy pan or cast iron pan to medium high.
- Slice the bread into 1 1/2 – 2 inch thick pieces.
- Whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a deep dish or bowl.
- Drag one piece of bread through the egg mixture, flip using a fork or tongs, drag the other side.
- Add a piece of butter to the hot pan and cook the bread over medium heat.
- Drag a couple more pieces of bread through the mixture until you can fill the pan (usually 3 or 4).
- When they get golden brown on one side, flip them to the other side and cook until that side is done as well.
- Remove from the pan to a plate, top with your favorite toppings, and serve hot.