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.
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
2-3 thick slices of sourdough bread
50ml whole milk
A pinch of nutmeg, freshly grated
Zest of ½ a lemon
2 tbsp golden/maple syrup
Gently whisk together the egg, milk, nutmeg and lemon zest. Heat the butter in a thick-based frying pan.
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.
Serve with a drizzle of golden or maple syrup and a strong, dark coffee.
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.
27 replies on “Sourdough French Toast”
Sourdough is the best bread ever! That looks delish!
I absolutely agree. Nothing better than sourdough.
Oh, that looks SO GOOD!! I never thought of adding lemon zest, I must try!!
The lemon zest work very well indeed. Always nice to have a citrus element.
This looks fantastic. Too bad I have basically none of the ingredients in my pantry…
That is a shame…
This french toast looks delicious, I’ve never tried it with sourdough before, I am going to have to make this soon!
You should, it works seriously well.
I’m partial to brioche or raisin bread, but I’ll happily take this one too 🙂
Well – perhaps I’ll do a brioche version. Just for you.
This looks divine and over the top, just like all ‘french’ things should be 🙂
Exactly! But still frugal!
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.
I rarely have it, but it’s such a treat.
This looks fantastic BTW.
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!!
Ooooh, that’s a nice idea. I’m sure I’ll do another version eventually!
I just read this on an empty stomach and I now I need it for breakfast :/
You do – I need it again too…
You ruined my diet. Now I feel like eating this for breakfast T_T
Oops – sorry, Ridha!
brilliant idea. looks delish.
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