We eat breakfast for dinner fairly often around here. It’s easy, inexpensive and it gives us a chance to enjoy delicious breakfast foods that we just don’t have time to eat for actual breakfast.
French toast made with sourdough bread is a breakfast-for-dinner staple. This time I decided to add a little orange to the mix and it worked really well.
I made ten slices for the five of us. My general rule of thumb is one egg and 1/2 cup of milk for every two slices of bread. That makes it easy to adjust the amounts based on how many you’re feeding.
- Sourdough French Bread, ten slices
- Eggs, 5
- Milk, 2 1/2 cups
- Orange, 1
- Vanilla, 2 teaspoons
I preheated the griddle to 300. If you’re using a regular pan you might want to wait until you’re almost ready to melt the butter before turning on the heat. Either way, you don’t want it too hot.Zest the orange into a large, shallow bowl.Squeeze the juice from the orange remains.Add the eggs and milk.And a little vanilla.Whisk until it’s well blended. Let it sit for a little bit, to give the orange flavor a chance to develop through the batter.Generously butter your pan or griddle. If the heat’s right, the butter should bubble gently but not brown. Meanwhile, soak a couple of slices of bread in the egg mixture for a couple of minutes. You want it to really soak in, not just coat the outside.Place the bread on the griddle and sprinkle it with cinnamon. Let it cook for a few minutes before turning.Flip it over and let it cook on the other side, just until it’s starting to brown a little. You might end up turning it a few times before it’s evenly done on both sides.
Remove it to a platter and keep warm while the next batch is cooking.Add more butter as you start the next batch. Serve it up with your favorite maple syrup or sprinkle it with confectioners sugar.