Sourdough French Toast
Tasty French Toast to start the day
French toast is one of my favourite recipes. You can have it for breakfast, brunch, or whenever. It has so many variations and ways to be prepared that the possibilities are endless.
I like mine the old fashioned way with some fruit and a little powdered sugar on the top. The difference is that I like to use sourdough bread for my toast. It gives it a better flavour and holds up better than sandwich bread.
Here is my easy recipe along with a few extras.
The Basic Recipe
This will get you started
1/2 cup of milk
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 slices of Sourdough Bread
powdered sugar (optional)
Whisk the first three ingredients together in a small bowl. For easy bread coverage, I recommend pouring it in a pie plate. Place each side of the bread in the mixture, coating thoroughly. Cook the bread on a pan or griddle over medium heat for about 2 minute on each side. I don't like to use butter on the pan. If you have a good non-stick pan, it's not necessary. You can use a little bit of Pam cooking spray if you want. It works fine.
I like to use plain 'ole maple syrup to my french toast and dust it with powdered sugar. The picture above is some I just made...writing this lens made me hungry. That alone is a perfect breakfast but you can get creative.
Make sure you have the right supplies - Here are the ones I use
This griddle is perfect for french toast and has room for multiple slices of big sourdough bread.
Use these to coat your bread evenly.
Spatulas are great for almost any cooking project but work perfectly for french toast.
Your french toast will look like it belongs in a 5 star restaurant served up on these plates.
French Toast Variations
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
If syrup isn't your thing, try serving your french toast with a jam. This strawberry rhubarb recipe is a Panera Bread specialty...it has to be good. Here's what you need:
2 pints raw strawberries, hulled and quartered
4 large stalks rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 1/4" slices
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
To make the Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, bring all of the ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan, reduce to low heat, and simmer 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool and store in an airtight container. This will keep for up to one month in the refrigerator.
Orange Stuffed French Toast
If you are a fan of oranges, try a stuffed french toast. Here are the variations.
You will need:
3/4 cup softened Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Orange Marmalade
2 tbs Honey
1/2 cup Orange Juice
Mix the cream cheese, marmalade, and honey together and smear it between two slices of bread. Whisk the eggs and juice together and coat both sides of your 'sandwich' in it. Proceed with the original directions for cooking. Garnish with powdered sugar and orange slices if you like.
This is a great topping for french toast. You can even go blueberry crazy and stuff the toast with a blueberry/cream cheese mixture...YUM!
Here's the sauce recipe:
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup water
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon butter
In a saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; add water. Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in blueberries; reduce heat. Simmer for 8-10 minutes or until berries have burst. Stir in butter until melted.
You should have enough ideas now to have a weeks worth of french toast breakfasts. Enjoy!
Picture courtesy of GoodFood.com
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