Caramelized Sourdough French Toast

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/2 round loaf (about 9 inches in diameter) crusty sourdough bread

4 large eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup heavy cream

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 to 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more if needed

Maple syrup, for topping


  1. Cut the bread into 8 large wedges. Whisk the eggs, buttermilk, cream, granulated sugar, vanilla and cinnamon in a large baking dish. Add the bread and turn occasionally until soaked through, about 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. 
  2. Put the confectioners' sugar in a fine-mesh sieve. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add half of the bread and dust generously with the confectioners' sugar; cook, turning and dusting often with more confectioners' sugar, until golden brown and caramelized, 10 to 12 minutes (add more butter to the skillet, if needed). Transfer the French toast to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Add 1 more tablespoon butter to the skillet and repeat with the remaining bread. Serve with maple syrup.