Buttermilk French Toast
French toast is a classic sweet breakfast food that’s both extremely delicious and easy to make. It’s quick enough to whip up on a weekday morning and classy enough to impress your brunch party guests. For all of the breakfast and brunch lovers that want to explore new flavors, this easy buttermilk french toast is truly incredible.
This recipe makes the perfect french toast that is soft and fluffy in the middle with slightly crisp, caramelized edges. Dress up this sweet breakfast dish with all of your favorite toppings like a fruit compote, whipped cream, maple syrup, powdered sugar, or even Nutella!
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Can You Make French Toast With Sourdough?
You can make amazing french toast with pretty much any type of bread out there. That said, if you’ve never made french toast with sourdough bread, you are missing out!
Sourdough bread adds a tangy, flavorful twist to a classic breakfast favorite. Once you try it, you may not ever go back to your old french toast ways.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
I love a simple recipe that also tastes gourmet. That is exactly why I can’t stop making this sourdough french toast with buttermilk. Here are just a few reasons why you are going to love this recipe.
- It’s simple! Anyone can make it, no matter how much experience you have in the kitchen.
- It uses sourdough bread, which adds great flavor!
- You can make this recipe in just 10 minutes
- It’s great for any meal – breakfast, brunch, or even dinner!
- You can switch up the flavors with pretty much any topping you can think of
Buttermilk: The buttermilk adds a slight tang and enhanced rich flavor to this french toast. It pairs really well with the hint of sugar and spices in this recipe. Besides adding moisture, the buttermilk contributes to the golden brown color and slightly crisp texture.
Eggs: The eggs contribute additional flavor and act as a binder that holds all the ingredients together. When cooked, the eggs solidify and help firm up the liquid that’s been absorbed into the bread.
Pure vanilla extract: The vanilla extract adds another layer of flavor and compliments the tanginess of the buttermilk and sourdough.
Salt: The salt enhances and adds depth to the flavors of the other ingredients. It also balances out the sweetness.
Ground cinnamon/ground nutmeg: The ground cinnamon and nutmeg add a warm, rich flavor to the french toast.
Granulated sugar: The granulated sugar provides additional flavor and balances out the tang from the sourdough and the buttermilk. It also caramelizes during the cooking process, contributing to the crisp golden brown exterior. You can easily omit the granulated sugar for a more savory french toast.
Sourdough bread: The sourdough bread has a distinct flavor and perfectly chewy texture that makes for amazing french toast. You can use either thin-cut or thick-cut slices depending on your preference. Slightly stale bread is the best for french toast, but you can easily use fresh sourdough for the recipe if needed.
How To Make This Recipe
To get started, add the buttermilk, eggs, and pure vanilla extract to a wide, shallow bowl. A shallow bowl works best so you can easily dip the slices of bread in the egg mixture before cooking.
Stir the ingredients with a fork or whisk until they are fully combined with a smooth, even consistency. Then, thoroughly mix in the salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and granulated sugar. Set the mixture aside.
I usually use a griddle to cook this french toast so I can make several pieces at once. If you don't have a griddle, you can cook it in a frying pan on the stove. Grease the griddle or frying pan with non-stick cooking spray or butter and heat it to medium heat (about 350°F).
Next, dip each slice of sourdough bread in the egg mixture, fully coating each side. Place them immediately on the heated griddle or pan. Be careful not to let the bread soak in the egg mixture for too long or it may get too soggy.
Cook the french toast slices until each side is golden brown (about 3-5 minutes total). Then, add all of your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Recipe Tips and Tricks
Use a shallow bowl: It’s best to make the egg mixture in a wide, shallow bowl like this one. This makes it a lot easier to evenly coat the bread slices for the perfect french toast.
Use a blender: Another option for making the french toast batter is to use a blender. Add the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, salt, spices, and sugar to a blender and blend until smooth.
Make homemade buttermilk: If you don't have any buttermilk on hand, you can easily make your own in minutes. Combine 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice with 1 cup of milk. Gently stir the mixture and then let it stand for about 5 minutes.
Use stale sourdough bread: You may have heard that stale bread is ideal for making french toast. This is because stale bread tends to absorb the egg mixture better than fresh bread. That said, whether you use fresh or stale sourdough, this recipe will turn out absolutely amazing!
How to Serve French Toast: Sweet & Savory Topping Ideas
This sourdough french toast with buttermilk is extremely versatile and can be made either sweet or savory. You can top it with just about anything, but here are some of our favorite french toast toppings.
Sweet French Toast
- Fresh fruit
- Whipped cream
- Maple syrup
- Powdered sugar
- Fruit compote
Savory French Toast
- Avocado and tomatoes
- Fried egg and bacon
- Spinach and mozzarella
- Cheddar and fried potatoes
Making the Perfect French Toast
The perfect french toast isn’t the same for everyone. Some people enjoy it on the crisper side while others like it a bit more soft and tender. Because everyone prefers theirs a little differently, here’s how you can make the sourdough french toast of your dreams.
Firmer texture: add more eggs, soak for a shorter period of time, add less buttermilk
Softer or soggier texture: use fewer eggs, add more buttermilk, soak for more time
Crispier exterior: add more sugar, use less buttermilk, cook at a higher temperature
How to Store Leftovers
Store your leftover sourdough french toast in the refrigerator to keep it fresh and soft for up to 3 days. Keep it in a sealed plastic bag or airtight container. For longer storage, separate the french toast slices with parchment paper and store them in a plastic freezer bag or container in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Your french toast can easily be reheated in the oven or toaster oven. This can also be done in the microwave or on a griddle or frying pan. Keep in mind that frozen french toast will take a little bit longer to reheat.
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Easy Sourdough French Toast With ButtermilkSeptember 12, 2022
- Shallow bowl
- Whisk or fork
- Griddle or frying pan
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 6-8 slices sourdough bread
- In a shallow bowl, add the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Stir until combined with a fork or whisk.
- Mix in the salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and sugar.
- Grease a griddle or frying pan with non-stick cooking spray or butter and heat to medium heat (about 350°F).
- Dip each slice of bread in the egg mixture, fully coating each side. Place them immediately on the griddle or pan.
- Cook until each side is golden brown (about 3-5 minutes). Add toppings and enjoy!
- Recipe makes 6-8 slices of french toast
- Use a shallow bowl to easily dip the bread