Taste-Test : Sourdough french toast

by Kiran on July 12, 2011 · 19 comments

in Breakfast/Brunch

Oh my. You’ve got to make this for breakfast. Stat.

My taste buds have been working on developing tastes for new flavors, ingredients and staples. From balsamic vinegar, to pesto and now sourdough, each of those experiments have introduced new methods of enjoying foods and simple recipe creations that I can’t wait to share! Wait, I am sharing one of those now :)

Why I’ve  never tasted sourdough before, its bewildering. Bought some amazing organic sourdough bread over the weekend and have been contemplating on the recipe. There are many traditional french toast recipes out there, but I wanted to make an egg-less version. Dare I say this might be a healthier version of french toasts. It might tempt you to go for 2nds and 3rds. Not that I am discouraging ;)

What is Sourdough?

… is a dough containing a lactobacillus culture, usually in symbiotic combination with yeasts. It is one of two principal means of leavening in bread baking, along with the use of cultivated forms of yeast. Sourdough starter is made with a small amount of old dough saved from a prior batch, and is sometimes called mother dough or chef. This small amount of old-dough starter contains the culture, and its weight is increased by additions of new dough and mixing or kneading followed by rest or leavening periods. A small amount of the resulting dough is then saved to use as old-dough starter for the next batchSource.

I am off to kick back and relax with a plate of these french toasts. For lunch. Don’t judge until you made it yourself.

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Ingredients:

  •  1/3 cup of almond milk (or preferred milk)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (leave some for garnish)
  • 2 drops of vanilla extract
  • 2 thick slices of sourdough bread
  • 1/2 tbsp cooking oil/butter
  • 1 banana, halved
  • a handful of strawberries, quartered
  • a few cashew nuts for ganish

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, add milk and chia seeds. Leave it to soak for a few minutes.
  2. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  3. Soak the sourdough bread in milk mixture and allow to absorb liquid on each side. Soak only as many slices as you will be cooking at one time.
  4. Add oil/butter on hot skillet. Gently transfer bread slices to skillet, cooking until bottom is golden brown.
  5. Turn and brown the other side.
  6. Serve french toast hot with sliced bananas, strawberries or butter accompanied with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
  7. Garnish with chia seeds, cashews and a side of cuppa Joe :)


Have you tried sourdough before? How do you like eating it?

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1 Jen July 12, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Beautiful photos! I’m originally from San Francisco and haven’t been able to find “real” sourdough bread very many other places, but I sure love it. I tried buying starter to make my own and that wasn’t the same either. Are chia seeds similar to sesame seeds?

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2 Kiran July 15, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Jen,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments! Chia seeds different in comparison with sesame seeds. It’s gelatinous in texture, rich in omega3, protein, dietary fiber and essential minerals. More info can be found here.

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3 kankana July 12, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Tell me about trying taste bud.. I am in a journey now a days on that. Have you tried balsamic with strawberry ? I heard it’s awsm.. yet to try myself.
This recipe is looking fabulous. I am going to try it this weekend :)

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4 Kiran July 15, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Kankana,
I am out of strawberries! And I also read somewhere that it tastes good with balsamic. A must try I guess. Let me know how this recipe tastes :) Have a great weekend honey.

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5 Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) July 12, 2011 at 7:49 PM

What an unusual take on french toast. Thanks for sharing.

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6 Kiran July 15, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Rivki,
You. Must. Try. It. STAT :D It tastes so good!

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7 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy July 13, 2011 at 11:45 AM

I usually dont like sour dough on its own- but this french toast with all the milk and fruits sounds awesome!Very creative recipe Kiran..I m gonna try this!

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8 Kiran July 15, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Tanvi,
The sour-dough bread that I used didn’t taste so unusual. I guess other brands would differ in taste. Thanks for the compliments – it’s worth a try on the usual french toast recipe that requires an egg. You would need the chia seeds for binding and a crunchy texture. Makes a whole world of difference! Let me know how it tastes, and have a happy weekend :)

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9 Alessa July 13, 2011 at 3:10 PM

I LOVE bananas with strawberries! Nice!

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10 Kiran July 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Alessa,
Thanks a lot honey, and have a great weekend :)

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11 Cait's Plate July 14, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Oh. My. GOODNESS! That looks phenomenal!! Want to come over and make me breakfast tomorrow??? ;)

Your photos are gorgeous by the way!

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12 Kiran July 15, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Cait,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments – if you are at least an hour away of drive, I would gladly cook this for you any time! Have a great weekend dear :)

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13 miri leigh July 16, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Beautiful….looks very inviting!

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14 Kiran July 20, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Miri,
Thanks a lot dear :)

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15 Simply Life July 16, 2011 at 6:58 PM

WOW! This looks like the best french toast ever! I wish this was my breakfast today!

Oh and to answer your question, feta cheese has a mild flavor but really adds a lot to dishes when crumbled on top! It doesn’t melt very well like other cheeses so it’s great for salads!

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16 Kiran July 20, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Simply Life,
Thanks for the compliments – you must try this french toast recipe and let me know how it taste! And thanks for the info on feta, now I am more than curious to try!

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17 Robert July 19, 2011 at 9:07 AM

omg that looks so good. I’ll be craving? it until i can get to the store…thanks for this recipe!

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