sourdough french toast in a skillet
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Sourdough French Toast Bake

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This Sourdough French Toast Bake is a delicious bread, egg, and milk mixture baked up into a casserole style french toast. It is the perfect way to use up left over loaves of sourdough bread.

sourdough french toast

Aside from the sourdough world, I find that when I use the term “sourdough” to make something sweet, I get a look. Most people just don’t understand that sourdough can be used for a wide variety of baked goods, sweet treats and yes a sourdough fresh toast bake. I love using my sourdough starter any chance I can get. Although this one doesn’t necessarily use the sourdough starter in the actual recipe. But it helps to use up that those last bits of the sourdough loaf that tend to sit on our countertops.

If you make bread often then you know that there is many times when the bread starts to harden; and you begin getting creative in an effort to use it up.

For this we make croutons, bread crumbs and strata quite regularly in our house. This recipe was born out of that same idea. Although you can use fresh cubed bread for this as well. It is a fun one to make up for brunches too so I have in fact gotten a standard french bread loaf at the market to make it. No matter what you use, I am sure you will enjoy it just the same.

If you are looking for a new bread recipe to bake you should try my Sourdough Artisan Loaf. If you are new to bread baking entirely but would love an easy no fail bread recipe. Try my Easy No Knead Artisan Bread. Both loaves work for this recipe!

Why I Love This Recipe

I love any recipe that allows me to use up what I have in the kitchen. Often times we throw things out to the chickens so nothing is truly ever a waste; however, I would first like to do my best to use up what I have taken the time to make. This Sourdough French Toast Bake is a great one for it because you really can use a mesh up of different loaves on this and no one would would be the wiser. Not only that but the chicken eggs can begin piling up on the countertop right along side the sourdough loaves.

Recipes like this help me to use up those freshly laid beautiful chicken eggs.

I know I also mentioned brunches already but seriously, it is a great one to make up for a group setting. If you are trying to feed a larger crowd or several dishes at the same time. Do it skillet style. It takes the complication out of it. Be sure to check out my favorite dishes to serve for hosting a brunch at home. The first one is a Puff Pancake and the other is a Simple Farmhouse Frittata. I find this to be the perfect pairing of sweet and salty.

What You Will Need To Make This Sourdough French Toast Bake

8 cups (416g) cubed sourdough bread (this is a great way to use left over sourdough bread)

1 tsp (2.6g) cinnamon

6 eggs

1 cup (240g) of milk

1 tsp (4.2g) vanilla

6 tbsp (84g) butter

Cinnamon and Sugar Topping

2 tbsp (25g) organic sugar

1 tsp (2.6g) cinnamon

Directions

Cube the sourdough bread into bite sized pieces and place them into a large bowl.

In a separate bowl mix together the 6 eggs, milk, vanilla, 1 tsp of cinnamon and 4 tbsp of melted butter. *Allow the melted butter to come to room temp before adding it to the milk and egg mixture.

Mix well and pour over the cubed bread in bowl. Allow the bread to absorb the mixture for about 5 minutes. While the bread sits, heat your oven to 350℉/177℃.

During this time, place your skillet on the stove top and melt the other 2 tbsp of butter. Make sure to spread it evenly across the pan as it melts.

pouring batter for sourdough french toast bake into a skillet

Remove from heat, pour in the soaked bread mixture. (*If using a baking dish, melt the 2 tbsp of butter and pour it into the bottom of the baking dish before adding the bread mixture.

Combine the sugar and cinnamon for the topping mixture and sprinkle it evenly across the top of your french toast mixture.

sourdough french toast bake in a skillet
sourdough french toast bake in a skillet

Bake for approximately 25 minutes. Serve with maple syrup or a berry compote.

sourdough french toast in a skillet
sourdough french toast in a skillet

Baking Notes

  • Make sure to allow the bread to do at least a 5 minute soak before adding to your baking dish or skillet to allow the bread to absorb the batter.
  • You can use any left over bread you have on hand, not just sourdough. I have mixed two different loaves to use them up for this recipe and it worked great.
  • If you are using a baking dish in place of a skillet, make sure to still add the 2 tbsp of melted butter to the bottom of the dish before adding the cubed bread mixture.

Benefits Of Sourdough

Of course we love the taste but sourdough is actually a healthier alternative to eating regular breads such as white or wheat loaves. The lower phytate levels in sourdough makes for an easier to digest food and results in a better more nutritious bread.

It is a good alternative for those who are sensitive to gluten as the sourdough is a fermented food that has a bacteria to yeast composition that works on breaking down the starches found in the grain before it’s even eaten. Sourdough is also known as a prebiotic food that simply put, will help keep your gut bacteria healthy.

If you try this recipe and love it, I would love it if you would come back and give it 5 stars!

sourdough french toast in a skillet

Sourdough French Toast Bake

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

a delicious bread, egg and milk mixture baked into a casserole style skillet french toast

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tsp (2.6g) cinnamon
  • 8 cups (416g) of sourdough bread
  • 1 tsp (4.2 g) vanilla
  • 1 cup (240g) of milk
  • 6 tbsp (84g) melted butter
  • Cinnamon and Sugar Topping
  • 1 tsp (2.6g) cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp (25g) organic sugar

Instructions

    1. Cube your sourdough bread into bite sized pieces and place them in a large bowl.
    2. In seperate bowl mix together the 6 eggs, milk, vanilla, 1 tsp of cinnamon and 4 tbsp of melted butter. *Allow the melted butter to come to room temp before adding it to the milk and egg mixture.
    3. Mix well and pour over the cubed bread in bowl.
    4. Allow the bread to absorb the mixture for about 5 minutes.
    5. While the bread sits, heat your oven to 350℉/177℃.
    6. During this time, place your skillet on the stove top and melt the other 2 tbsp of butter making sure to spread it evenly across the pan as it melts. Remove from heat, pour in the soaked bread mixture. (*If using a baking dish, melt the 2 tbsp of butter and pour it into the bottom of the baking dish before adding the bread mixture.)
    7. Combine the sugar and cinnamon for the topping mixture and sprinkle it evenly across the top of your french toast mixture.
    8. Bake for approximately 25 minutes.

Notes

*Allow the melted butter to come to room temp before adding it to the milk and egg mixture.

**If using a baking dish, melt the 2 tbsp of butter and pour it into the bottom of the baking dish before adding the bread mixture.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 472Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 220mgSodium: 526mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 4gSugar: 30gProtein: 14g

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