Sourdough French Toast

Sourdough French Toast Recipe

French toast is the ultimate in simple, luxury breakfasts. There’s something special about thick slices of bread soaked in an eggy mixture flavoured with nutmeg and lemon. Add sourdough to the recipe for a little depth of flavour and  you’ve got a meal that will really get your day off to the perfect start.

There’s no doubt that stale bread is the key to making cracking French toast. However, what type of stale bread is often debated. From soft white, to enriched doughs like brioche everyone seems to have a favourite. Mine is sourdough.

Renowned for its pockets of air, sourdough has plenty of space for an eggy mixture to penetrate. This characteristic makes for a very consistently flavoursome French toast, still soft in the middle and slightly crispy on the outside.

French toast is, of course, a scrumptious breakfast even with no added flavourings. Adding the punchy zest of a lemon and delicate spice of freshly grated nutmeg, however, tips it over the edge. The flavours are subtle, but really make the difference.

How to Make French Toast

If sourdough is your thing, but you’d rather have pancakes, my recipe for sourdough pancakes would make a great breakfast alternative. On top of that, it’s a lovely way to use up any discarded starter.

Sourdough French Toast

Serves 2-3


  • 2-3 thick slices of sourdough bread

  • 2 eggs

  • 50ml whole milk

  • A pinch of nutmeg, freshly grated

  • Zest of ½ a lemon

  • 20g butter

  • 2 tbsp golden/maple syrup


  1. Gently whisk together the egg, milk, nutmeg and lemon zest. Heat the butter in a thick-based frying pan.

  2. Take your bread – around 2cm thick – and press both sides into the custard mixture. Cook each side of the eggy bread in the butter until golden brown.

  3. Serve with a drizzle of golden or maple syrup and a strong, dark coffee.

Sourdough French Toast Recipe How to Make French Toast

Cost: Though more expensive than the bread you find in supermarkets, a large loaf of sourdough is certainly a worthy investment at around £2.80. French toast may be quite a luxurious breakfast, but appearances can be deceptive… This breakfast for 2-3 people should set you back no more than £1.20.

26 comments on “Sourdough French Toast

  1. biz319
    March 17, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Sourdough is the best bread ever! That looks delish!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 25, 2014 at 8:29 am

      I absolutely agree. Nothing better than sourdough.

  2. LisaQuaschnick
    March 17, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Oh, that looks SO GOOD!! I never thought of adding lemon zest, I must try!!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 25, 2014 at 8:34 am

      The lemon zest work very well indeed. Always nice to have a citrus element.

  3. Hallie B. (TheWordyBaker)
    March 17, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    This looks fantastic. Too bad I have basically none of the ingredients in my pantry…

  4. Jenny @ BAKE
    March 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    This french toast looks delicious, I’ve never tried it with sourdough before, I am going to have to make this soon!

  5. baconbiscuit212
    March 17, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    I’m partial to brioche or raisin bread, but I’ll happily take this one too 🙂

  6. DellaCucinaPovera
    March 18, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    This looks divine and over the top, just like all ‘french’ things should be 🙂

  7. Conor Bofin
    March 18, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I haven’t had French Toast in yonkers. I must revisit. I used to eat a lot of it when I was a youth. Easy to prepare and delicious.

  8. Conor Bofin
    March 18, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    This looks fantastic BTW.

  9. EmmaMT from
    March 18, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Oh my! That looks so good.

    We’re really into ‘eggy bread’ in our house. It’s a great way to get a bit of egg protein into kids! We have it with strawberry jam. I daren’t show the kids syrup!!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 25, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Ooooh, that’s a nice idea. I’m sure I’ll do another version eventually!

  10. petitedecadence
    March 19, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I just read this on an empty stomach and I now I need it for breakfast :/

  11. Ridha Soemansyah
    March 20, 2014 at 5:58 am

    You ruined my diet. Now I feel like eating this for breakfast T_T

  12. myfangalicious
    March 20, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    brilliant idea. looks delish.

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