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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sourdough French Toast

Much to my own dismay, there will be a short break in the Glee cupcake series. I did make the next ones this past weekend, but the recipe needs tweaking, so I'm holding it back. Artie deserves only the best!

Instead, I bring you another weekend breakfast treasure: sourdough french toast. Sourdough bread is one of my husband's favorite foods. He is originally from northern California, and when we head that way to visit his family, a stop in San Francisco is a must. We love taking a stroll down to the Boudin sourdough factory, grabbing a loaf and some cheese, and sitting on the waterfront to enjoy our snack. Of course, it also makes a great companion on the next leg of our trip - wine country. Sourdough + cheese + wine tasting = a great way to spend a beautiful California afternoon. CRW_0016c
While the sourdough bread from our local grocery store isn't quite the same as Boudin, it's still a fun reminder of our trips out west. I wanted to do something fun with a recent loaf that I purchased, and this seemed like a delicious idea. Someday I will make the leap and try making homemade sourdough, but for now our local bakery bread works just fine!

Sourdough is a great choice for french toast because the bread itself carries so much great flavor. Just a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg is used to enhance the natural beauty of sourdough.

Sourdough French Toast


Sourdough French Toast
Source: Slightly adapted from Napa Farmhouse
Yield: Serves 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes

 

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf dense sourdough bread
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter, plus more as needed
  • pure maple syrup, for serving
  • fruit, for serving

Instructions

  1. Cut the sourdough into four 1-inch thick slices, then cut each slice in half, diagonally. Reserve the rest of the loaf for another use.
  2. In a shallow dish, whisk together eggs, milk, flour, honey, salt, and spices.
  3. Heat enough butter in a large skillet so that it coats the surface (larger skillet would need more butter).
  4. Dip slices of bread in egg mixture, coating both sides, and then add to skillet. Cook until golden brown on both sides.
  5. Serve immediately, with maple syrup and fruit.

    2 comments:

    cookingwithchrissy said...

    This looks great! I love French toast, and using bakery bread really puts it over the top!

    Christina said...

    This sounds lovely. I think you should try making your own sourdough and share it with us!